Figure 4.

Correlation of serum IL-17 concentrations with both serum BAFF and MIF concentrations in SLE patients. (A) Correlation between serum IL-17 and serum BAFF levels in all samples. A strong positive correlation was present (r = 0.64, P <0.0001). (B) Correlation between TAM serum IL-17 levels and TAM serum BAFF in all samples. A strong positive correlation was present (r = 0.70, P <0.0001). (C) Correlation between serum IL-17 and serum MIF (after removing undetectable IL-17 levels). A strong positive correlation was present (n = 132, r = 0.36, P <0.0001). Serum IL-17 levels are expressed in pg/ml. Serum BAFF and MIF levels are expressed in ng/ml. BAFF, B cell activating factor of the tumour necrosis factor family; IL, interleukin; MIF, macrophage migration inhibitory factor; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus; TAM, time-adjusted mean.

Vincent et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2013 15:R97   doi:10.1186/ar4277
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