Adipose tissue dysregulation in patients with metabolic syndrome

Andrew A. Bremer, Sridevi Devaraj, Alaa M Afify, Ishwarlal Jialal

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Context: The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Numerous groups have shown increased circulating biomarkers of inflammation in MetS. However, there are scanty data on the cellular sources contributing to this low-grade inflammation. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the role of sc adipose tissue (SAT) biology in nascent MetS without concomitant diabetes or CVD. Patients and Methods: Subjects with MetS and controls were recruited after informed consent. Fasting blood was collected, and SAT was obtained by biopsy. Results: Circulating biomarkers of inflammation and insulin resistance, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), IL-6, IL-1β, leptin, serum amyloid A, and retinol-binding protein-4 (RBP-4) concentrations were significantly higher in the MetS subjects than controls, whereas adiponectin concentrations were lower. In SAT, leptin, RBP-4, CRP, serum amyloid A, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) levels were significantly higher in MetS than controls. These differences except for RBP-4 persisted after adjusting for waist circumference. In addition, there were significantly increased numbers of macrophages infiltrating the SAT of MetS and increased numbers of crown-like structures compared with controls. hsCRP correlated positively with homeostasis model assessment and SAT MCP-1 and negatively with adiponectin. Homeostasis model assessment correlated positively with plasminogen activator inhibitor- 1, RBP-4, and SAT MCP-1. Conclusions: We make the novel observation that SAT of MetS has increased macrophage recruitment with cardinal crown-like structure features and contributes to the increased cellular inflammation that produces increased levels of biomarkers that are correlated with both insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation. These aberrations could contribute to the progression of MetS and the increased risk for diabetes and CVD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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