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Endocr J. 2007 Aug;54(4):553-8. Epub 2007 Jun 13.

Adiponectin inversely correlates with high sensitive C-reactive protein and triglycerides, but not with insulin sensitivity, in apparently healthy Japanese men.

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Department of Aging Medicine and Geriatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Shinshu University, Matsumoto 390-8621, Japan.


Adiponectin, an antiatherogenic peptide, has diverse biological actions on insulin sensitivity, inflammation and lipid metabolism. To explore physiological and pathophysiological significance of adiponectin in the Japanese general population, we systematically analyzed the relationship between adiponectin and high sensitive CRP (hsCRP), lipids, insulin sensitivity, and anthropometric parameters in 166 consecutive adult male health examinees. By univariate analysis, serum adiponectin was positively correlated with age and HDL-cholesterol, and inversely correlated with fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin, homeostasis model assessment insulin-resistance, waist, body mass index, triglycerides and hsCRP. However, multivariate analysis revealed that adiponectin independently correlated with triglycerides (r = -0.243, P = 0.0033) and hsCRP (r = -0.262, P = 0.0015) but not with all other variables. Adiponectin was lower and hsCRP higher in the subjects with metabolic syndrome (n = 22) than in those without it (n = 144) (adiponectin, 5.4 +/- 2.8 vs 7.5 +/- 4.2 microg/ml, p = 0.002; hsCRP, 832 +/- 605 vs 470 +/- 524 ng/ml, p = 0.0004). Current findings suggest that relative importance of hypertriglyceridemia and enhanced inflammation, rather than insulin resistance, as the downstream events of hypoadiponectinemia leading to atherosclerosis in the Japanese general population.

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