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  1. Monica Facco1,2,
  2. Anna Cabrelle1,2,
  3. Carlo Agostini1,2
  1. 1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Hematology-Immunology Section, Padua University School of Medicine, Padova, Italy
  2. 2Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine, Padua University School of Medicine, Padova, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Prof Carlo Agostini, Padua University School of Medicine, Giustiniani 2, Padova, 35128, Italy; carlo.agostini{at}

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We thank Dr Brodlie and coworkers for their letter1 and fully agree on the necessity to evaluate whether cells other than lymphocytes and macrophages are involved in IL-17 release in sarcoid lungs. The main manifestation of sarcoidosis is an accumulation of mononuclear inflammatory cells, mostly CD4+ T cells and monocytes/macrophages in involved organs, including the lungs.2 As specified in our ‘Materials and methods’ section, we evaluated cells obtained by filtering bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid through gauze. A standard morphological and immunological analysis of BAL cellular components was performed. The …

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  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Padua Ethics Committee.

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