Journal article

High molecular weight adiponectin correlates with insulin sensitivity in patients with hepatitis C genotype 3, but not genotype 1 infection

AYH Wang, IJ Hickman, AA Richards, JP Whitehead, JB Prins, GA MacDonald

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Obesity is recognized as a cofactor in hepatitis C (HCV) liver injury. Adipokines may be the link between increasing body mass index (BMI) and disease progression in HCV. Adiponectin is an anti-inflammatory adipokine that is present in serum in a range of multimeric forms that appear to have different metabolic functions. METHODS: We studied 30 male patients with untreated chronic HCV (15 each with genotypes 1 and 3) and 12 controls. The three groups were matched for age and BMI. Total adiponectin and high (HMW) and low (LMW) molecular weight adiponectin multimers were measured. The relationships between adiponectin, BMI, insulin sensitivity, and liver histology were examined. RE..

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