The associations between serum levels of melatonin and concentrations of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a and interleukin (IL)-6 were assessed among patients with different degrees of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In this cross-sectional study, adult patients diagnosed with fatty liver disease by Fibroscan evaluation were included if they met the inclusion/exclusion criteria for NAFLD. The participants were categorized into the three following groups: 1) fibrosis> 9.1KP and steatosis >290 dbm; 2) fibrosis: 6-9.0 KP and steatosis 240-285; and 3) fibrosis < 5.8 KP and steatosis<240 dbm. Post-fasting, 5 ml of venous blood was collected for laboratory assessment, and a questionnaire including demographic, anthropometric, laboratories and clinical data was completed.
A total of 97 participants were included. The mean age was 42.21±11 years, and 59 patients (60.0%) were female. Melatonin levels as well as pro-inflammatory cytokines levels were correlated with advancing fibrosis and steatosis in univariate analysis. A significant association was observed between these cytokines and advancing fibrosis, severe steatosis levels, and melatonin concentrations. Furthermore, in the multiple linear regression model, melatonin levels showed a significant association with these cytokines
Melatonin may have protective effects on tissue injury during advancing liver fibrosis via cytokines modulation. Therefore, it can be considered as a potential therapeutic management strategy for NAFLD.