Effects of Acute Exercise on Serum Cytokine Composition in Elite Boxers: Th1/Th2/Th17 Balance

Alpay N.

STUDIES ON ETHNO-MEDICINE, vol.10, no.1, pp.1-5, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09735070.2016.11905464
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-5


The purpose of this study is to investigate effects of heavy exercise such as a boxing match on serum cytokine composition of elite boxers. Blood samples were collected from boxers before and after a 3-round of boxing match. Cytokines were assessed by high sensitive ELISA. Acute traumatic exercise increased serum levels of IL-6, TNFa, and IL-10 whereas no significant change was observed for serum levels of IFN-g, IL-4, and IL-17A. To the best of the researcher's knowledge, this is the first report to investigate Thl/Th2/Th17 balance in heavily trained boxers. These findings suggested that strenuous exercise did not affect IL-17 secretion during exercise. In conclusion, alterations in serum cytokine composition of elite boxers could be important to have a properly working immune system against to infectious agents.