Changes in serum cytokines after repeated bouts of downhill running.

LL Smith, AJ McKune, SJ Semple, E Sibanda, H Steel, R Anderson

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The purpose of this study was to examine changes in serum cytokines after repeated bouts of aerobically biased eccentric exercise. Six untrained males ran down a -13.5% treadmill grade for 60 min on two occasions (RUN1 and RUN2) at a speed equal to 75% of their VO2 peak on a level grade; runs were spaced 14 d apart. Serum was collected before, after, and every hour for 12 h, and every 24 h for 6 d. Cytokines were assessed using 17 multiplex bead technology (Bio-Rad). Creatine kinase (CK) and delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) were assessed before and 24-120 h after. Results were analyzed using a repeated measures analysis of variance (p <or= 0.05). All comparisons were between RUN1 and RUN2. CK and DOMS were significantly elevated after RUN1 compared with RUN2, indicative of a repeated bout effect. Regarding cytokines, during the initial 12 h period after RUN2, there was a 50% decrease in pro-inflammatory interleukin-6 (IL-6), a 10% decrease in pro-inflammatory macrophage chemotactic protein-1, and a 95% elevation in anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 (IL-10). Regarding 24 h periods, after RUN2 there was an 8% reduction in pro-inflammatory interleukin-8 (IL-8). However, pro-inflammatory macrophage inflammatory factor-1beta (MIF-1beta) was 18% higher during the 12 h after RUN2. The overall cytokine profile suggests a slight reduction in systemic inflammation after RUN2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-40
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007


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