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Table 4 Granulocyte phagocytosis and oxidative burst activity before and after two-months of cereal ingestion (mean ± SD)*

From: Ingestion of micronutrient fortified breakfast cereal has no influence on immune function in healthy children: A randomized controlled trial

Variable Mean flourescence channel Pre-study Post-study Treatment interaction p-value
Oxidative burst activity (DCF+ Granulocytes)    0.184
   Low 192 ± 65 136 ± 58  
   Medium 184 ± 79 171 ± 119  
   High 213 ± 77 141 ± 66  
Phagocytosis (FITC+ Granulocytes)    0.564
   Low 459 ± 92 424 ± 84  
   Medium 426 ± 109 447 ± 170  
   High 442 ± 108 431 ± 93  
  1. * Low (N = 23), medium (N = 20), high (N = 19) = level of nutrient fortification of the cereal product. DCF = dichlorofluorescein; FITC = fluorescein isothiocyanate.