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The Correlation between Serum Levels of Anti-Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies and the Risk of Diabetes


Background: This study investigated the presence of specific antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii infection among people with diabetes (type I and II) in comparison with control group.

Methods: Overall 300 serum samples were collected equally from three groups including patients with type I and type II diabetes and non-diabetic healthy control that referred to Tabriz Central Laboratory in northwest Iran during July to Sep 2015. The level of specific IgG and IgM antibodies against T. gondii were measured using the chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) method. Chi-square and One-Way ANCOVA were used for data analysis.

Results: Overall, 300 samples from diabetic patients (type I and type II) and control group were examined and results showed 3, 8 and 2 cases were seropositive for anti- T. gondii IgM respectively. Anti- T. gondii IgG seropositivity in type I and type II diabetes and control groups were 69%, 63% and 59% respectively. We did not observe any statistical differences among all studied groups in terms of toxoplasmosis. There was no statistically significant relationship between all variables and seropositivity for anti-T. gondii antibodies in type I and II diabetes and non-diabetic groups.

Conclusion: Although there was no statistically significant relationship between diabetes and toxoplasmosis further investigations especially experimental studies using animal models are needed. Furthermore, these findings would not be contrary to the need for healthcare in order to the prevention of infectious disease in diabetic patients.

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Diabetes mellitus Toxoplasma gondii Chemiluminescence Immunoassay

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KHALILI M, MAHAMI-OSKOUEI M, SHAHBAZI A, SAFAIYAN A, MOHAMMADZADEH-GHESHLAGHI N, MAHAMI-OSKOUEI L. The Correlation between Serum Levels of Anti-Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies and the Risk of Diabetes. Iran J Parasitol. 2018;13(4):637-642.