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Serum periostin and TNF-α levels in patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome



Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) may cause pulmonary diseases, and periostin plays an important role on the development of pulmonary diseases. In addition, periostin and pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α can regulate each other in vivo. This study aimed to observe the changes of serum periostin and TNF-α levels in patients with OSAHS compared with healthy volunteers and to investigate their correlation.


A convenience sample of 67 patients with OSAHS in our hospital from December 2018 to December 2019 was selected and categorized into mild, moderate, and severe groups according to apnea-hypopnea index by polysomnography. In addition, 21 healthy volunteers were selected as the control group. Serum levels of periostin and TNF-α were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results were analyzed using the SPSS software.


Both serum periostin and TNF-α levels in all the three OSAHS groups were higher than those of the control group and increased with severity of OSAHS. The severe group had significantly higher serum periostin and TNF-α levels than the mild and moderate groups (p < 0.05). For patients with OSAHS, serum periostin and TNF-α levels positively correlated with the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) (p < 0.01) and negatively correlated with the lowest saturation oxygen (LSaO2) and mean saturation oxygen (MSaO2) (both p < 0.01). In addition, there was a positive correlation between serum periostin and TNF-α levels in patients with OSAHS (p < 0.001).


Serum periostin and TNF-α levels were significantly increased in patients with OSAHS and may serve as a potential biomarker for severity of OSAHS. These findings suggest that it may be fruitful to study the role of periostin and TNF-α in OSAHS-induced pulmonary diseases.

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The authors received financial support and grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81600044), the Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province (WSN-081), and Xuzhou City Bureau of Science and Technology Project (KC KC18058).

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Ji, L., Liu, Y., Liu, P. et al. Serum periostin and TNF-α levels in patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. Sleep Breath 25, 331–337 (2021).

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  • Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome
  • Periostin
  • TNF-α