Peripheral mononuclear blood cells contribute to the obesity-associated inflammatory state independently of glycemic status: involvement of the novel proinflammatory adipokines chemerin, chitinase-3-like protein 1, lipocalin-2 and osteopontin
Inflammation is a critical contributor to the pathogenesis of metabolic disorders with adipose tissue being crucial in the inflammatory response by releasing multiple adipokines with either pro- or anti-inflammatory activities with potential functions as metabolic regulators.Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) have been proposed as representative of the inflammatory status in obesity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the contribution of PBMC to the obesity-associated chronic inflammation analyzing the expression of novel adipokines.
Samples obtained from 69 subjects were used in the study. Real-time PCR determinations were performed to quantify gene expression levels in PBMC of novel adipokines including chemerin, chitinase-3-like protein 1 (YKL-40), lipocalin-2 (LCN-2) and osteopontin (OPN), and their circulating concentrations were also determined by ELISA.
We show, for the first time, that PBMC gene expression levels of chemerin (P < 0.0001), chitinase-3-like protein 1 (P = 0.010), lipocalin-2 (P < 0.0001) and osteopontin (P < 0.0001) were strongly upregulated in obesity independently of the glycemic state. Circulating concentrations of these adipokines followed the same trend being significantly higher (P < 0.05) in obese normoglycemic and type 2 diabetic patients compared to lean volunteers and also associated (P < 0.05) with their corresponding mRNA levels in PBMC.
These results provide evidence that alterations in inflammation-related adipokines are manifest in PBMC, which might contribute to the low-grade chronic inflammation that characterizes obesity.
CITATION Genes Nutr. 2015 May;10(3):460. doi: 10.1007/s12263-015-0460-8.