Linoleic acid metabolite levels and transepidermal water loss in children with atopic dermatitis

Chiung Hui Yen, Yang Shia Dai, Yao Hsu Yang, Li Chieh Wang, Jyh Hong Lee, Bor Luen Chiang

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Background: It has been suggested that atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with impaired δ-6 desaturase activity and the subsequent altered composition of n-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Objective: To investigate whether n-6 EFA deficiency accounts for AD by affecting transepidermal water loss or the immune response. Methods: Serum levels of n-6 EFAs were measured using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in a well-defined group of 35 children with AD (IgE level >150 U/mL); 35 age-matched children with allergic rhinitis, asthma, or both (IgE level >150 U/mL); and 31 nonatopic controls (IgE level <100 U/mL). Skin barrier function was evaluated by measuring transepidermal water loss and severity of AD by computing the Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) index. Results: Atopic children had higher levels of linoleic acid (LA) and lower levels of its metabolites. Furthermore, γ-linolenic acid to LA and dihommo-γ-linolenic acid to LA ratios were significantly reduced in atopic patients. Transepidermal water loss and the SCORAD index were negatively correlated with serum levels of LA metabolites. There was no correlation between the SCORAD index and IgE level (P = .51) or between n-6 EFA concentrations and IgE level (P > .10). Conclusions: Deficits in n-6 EFAs were correlated with the severity of AD by affecting skin barrier function and cutaneous inflammation. The link between impaired n-6 EFA metabolism and IgE level could not be defined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Volume100
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2008

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Essential Fatty Acids
Linoleic Acid
Atopic Dermatitis
Immunoglobulin E
Water
Skin
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Asthma
Inflammation
Serum

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Linoleic acid metabolite levels and transepidermal water loss in children with atopic dermatitis. / Yen, Chiung Hui; Dai, Yang Shia; Yang, Yao Hsu; Wang, Li Chieh; Lee, Jyh Hong; Chiang, Bor Luen.

In: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Vol. 100, No. 1, 01.01.2008, p. 66-73.

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Yen, Chiung Hui ; Dai, Yang Shia ; Yang, Yao Hsu ; Wang, Li Chieh ; Lee, Jyh Hong ; Chiang, Bor Luen. / Linoleic acid metabolite levels and transepidermal water loss in children with atopic dermatitis. In: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 2008 ; Vol. 100, No. 1. pp. 66-73.
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