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12-06-2011 | Diabetes | Article

Low omentin-1, high chemerin levels linked to Type 2 diabetes


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MedWire News: Serum levels of omentin-1 are significantly lower and chemerin significantly higher in patients with Type 2 diabetes than in nondiabetics, report researchers.

The team found that presence of ischemic heart disease (IHD) in addition to Type 2 diabetes did not appear to affect levels of these biomarkers, and say that further research is needed to assess their role in cardiovascular disease.

Omentin-1 and chemerin are thought to be linked to obesity-induced insulin resistance and glucose regulation. Nadia Hamdy (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt) and colleagues therefore assessed whether levels of these adipokines differed between middle-aged (50-60 years) patients with Type 2 diabetes (n=75) and nondiabetic controls of a similar age (n=15). Twenty-two of the patients with Type 2 diabetes also had IHD.

The researchers found that serum levels of omentin-1 were significantly lower in patients with diabetes, both without and with IHD, compared with controls, at 19.7 and 18.5 ng/ml, respectively, versus 27.4 ng/ml.

Conversely, patients with Type 2 diabetes had significantly higher levels of chemerin than nondiabetics, at 347 and 341 ng/ml in diabetics without and with IHD, respectively, versus 281 ng/ml in nondiabetics.

The team notes that there was a significant negative correlation between the two biomarkers.

In addition, there were positive correlations between chemerin and levels of the inflammatory factor interleukin 6, body mass index (BMI), low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol, glycated hemoglobin, blood glucose, and insulin and negative correlations between omentin-1 and each of these factors, all of which were significant.

The findings regarding omentin-1 support others reported previously by MedWire News.

"Decreased serum omentin-1 levels observed in Type 2 diabetes may cause a reduction of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in visceral and subcutaneous adipocytes or other insulin-sensitive tissues. This may contribute to the state of insulin resistance observed in Type 2 diabetes," suggest Hamdy and co-authors in the journal Diabetic Medicine.

"With regard to chemerin… experimental evidence supports its role in various aspects of human physiology/pathophysiology, including obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation," write the authors.

"However, the precise role of chemerin in these disorders remains unclear and several key research questions merit further investigation," they conclude.

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By Helen Albert


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