Haptoglobin: an immunoregulatory role in tuberculosis?

Tubercle. 1985 Mar;66(1):41-7. doi: 10.1016/0041-3879(85)90052-2.


A significant correlation was found between levels of haptoglobin in sera from Indonesian patients with tuberculosis and the extent to which these sera suppressed mitogen-driven activation of normal lymphocytes in vitro. As in a previous study we showed that there was an inverse relationship between haptoglobin levels and the circulating lymphocyte count in the same group of patients, it is now suggested that this protein has an immunoregulatory role in tuberculosis. Similar observations have been made by other workers on patients with cancer. There was no difference in the distribution of the 3 allotypes of haptoglobin in patients and healthy subjects nor was there any association between such allotypes and the lymphocyte count, the dermal reactivity to tuberculin or the degree of suppression.

MeSH terms

  • Agglutination Tests
  • Complement System Proteins / analysis
  • Electrophoresis
  • Haptoglobins / analysis
  • Haptoglobins / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins / analysis
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Skin Tests
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / immunology*


  • Haptoglobins
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Complement System Proteins