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Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2003 Jun;58(6):736-42.

Perturbations in adiponectin, leptin and resistin levels in acromegaly: lack of correlation with insulin resistance.

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Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes are common in acromegalic subjects. The mechanism underlying this insulin resistance is unclear.

DESIGN:

We investigated the levels of the adipocytokines, resistin, adiponectin and leptin in a group of 18 acromegalic subjects and 18 control subjects matched for age, gender and body mass index.

RESULTS:

Here we demonstrate for the first time significant elevation in adiponectin levels in acromegalic subjects compared to control subjects 12.5 +/- 1.2 vs. 8.97 +/- 1.1 mg/l, P = 0.029. The resistin levels were similar in acromegalic subjects and controls; 20.65 +/- 2.99 vs. 19.03 +/- 4.72 micro g/l. No evidence of a correlation between adiponectin and insulin resistance as calculated from HOMA-R was found. No correlation was observed either between adiponectin or resistin levels and GH levels, total IGF-I or free IGF-I levels. Leptin levels were significantly reduced in acromegalic subjects, 8.22 +/- 2.26 vs. 18.3 +/- 4.1 micro g/l, P = 0.004. In control subjects, significant correlations between leptin levels and HOMA-R and between resistin levels and HOMA-R were observed. These relationships were not apparent in acromegalic subjects.

CONCLUSION:

From these data we conclude that changes in resistin and adiponectin levels are unlikely to account for the insulin resistance of acromegaly.

PMID:
12780751
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