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Eur Heart J. 2011 Jun;32(11):1369-78. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr029. Epub 2011 Feb 8.

Elevated endocannabinoid plasma levels are associated with coronary circulatory dysfunction in obesity.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Center, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

AIMS:

Aim of this study was to evaluate a possible association between endocannabinoid (EC) plasma levels, such as anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), and coronary circulatory function in obesity.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

Myocardial blood flow (MBF) responses to cold pressor test (CPT) and during pharmacological vasodilation with dipyridamole were measured with (13)N-ammonia PET/CT. Study participants (n = 77) were divided into three groups based on their body mass index (BMI, kg/m(2)): control group 20 ≤ BMI <25 (n = 21); overweight group, 25 ≤ BMI <30 (n = 26); and obese group, BMI ≥ 30 (n = 30). Anandamide plasma levels, but not 2-AG plasma levels, were significantly elevated in obesity as compared with controls, respectively [0.68 (0.53, 0.78) vs. 0.56 (0.47, 0.66) ng/mL, P = 0.020, and 2.2 (1.21, 4.59) vs. 2.0 (0.80, 5.90) ng/mL, P = 0.806)]. The endothelium-related change in MBF during CPT from rest (ΔMBF) progressively declined in overweight and obese when compared with control group [0.21 (0.10, 0.27) and 0.09 (-0.01, 0.15) vs. 0.26 (0.23, 0.39) mL/g/min; P = 0.010 and P = 0.0001, respectively). Compared with controls, hyperaemic MBFs were significantly lower in overweight and obese individuals [2.39 (1.97, 2.62) vs. 1.98 (1.69, 2.26) and 2.10 (1.76, 2.36); P = 0.007 and P = 0.042, respectively)]. In obese individuals, AEA and 2-AG plasma levels were inversely correlated with ΔMBF to CPT (r = -0.37, P = 0.046 and r = -0.48, P = 0.008) and hyperaemic MBFs (r = -0.38, P = 0.052 and r = -0.45, P = 0.017), respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increased EC plasma levels of AEA and 2-AG are associated with coronary circulatory dysfunction in obese individuals. This observation might suggest increases in EC plasma levels as a novel endogenous cardiovascular risk factor in obesity, but needing further investigations.

PMID:
21303779
DOI:
10.1093/eurheartj/ehr029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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