Table 7.

RT-PCR relative expression of cytokine and cachexia factor mRNA by tumor tissues of cachectic and noncachectic patients

CytokineCachectic (n = 11), (pg/mL), mean RQ (SE)Noncachectic (n = 8), (pg/mL), mean RQ (SE)P
IL-1α220.7 (204.2)*36.2 (32.4)0.74
IL-1β265.8 (250.4)49.8 (32.2)0.56
IL-625.5 (18.7)10.0 (5.6)0.74
IL-8555.3 (516.1)108.6 (87.8)0.87
TNF-α21.9 (18.4)3.8 (2.4)0.72
IFN-γ44.7 (36.0)4.7 (1.2)0.56
LMF1,532.2 (1,402.7)2,011.4 (1,536.1)0.51
PIFNo expressionNo expression
  • * Relative quotient (RQ) is used in the relative quantitation method of RT-PCR to compare all measurements to one arbitrarily chosen sample.