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Low dose aspirin is associated with plasma chemerin levels and may reduce adipose tissue inflammation


Herová, Magdalena; Schmid, Mattia; Gemperle, Claudio; Loretz, Christa; Hersberger, Martin (2014). Low dose aspirin is associated with plasma chemerin levels and may reduce adipose tissue inflammation. Atherosclerosis, 235(2):256-262.

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Chemerin is a peptide chemoattractant for macrophages and an adipokine regulating adipocyte differentiation and metabolism. Plasma chemerin is increased in chronic inflammatory diseases and in obesity. As inflammation and obesity are risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD), we investigated possible associations of plasma chemerin with inflammatory markers and atherosclerosis in a CAD case–control study (n = 470). Chemerin levels were associated with C-reactive protein, BMI and LDL levels, and negatively associated with HDL levels. Mean plasma chemerin levels were similar in controls and CAD patients but significantly higher in CAD patients not taking low dose aspirin. To investigate the mechanism of chemerin reduction by aspirin, we analyzed chemerin expression in hepatocytes and adipocytes treated with aspirin in the presence and absence of inflammatory cytokines. Chemerin expression was upregulated by pro-inflammatory stimuli in adipocytes but not in hepatocytes. Treatment of stimulated hepatocytes and adipocytes with aspirin did not affect chemerin expression. However, treatment of inflammatory M1 macrophages with aspirin reduced secretion of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-6, and increased secretion of the anti-inflammatory IL-10. In summary, we show that plasma chemerin levels are associated with markers of inflammation and that they are significantly higher in CAD patients not treated with low dose aspirin. In addition, we show that low dose aspirin treatment reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion by macrophages, which may lead to reduced chemerin secretion by adipocytes and may be a reason for the lower chemerin levels in the circulation of CAD patients on low dose aspirin.

Chemerin is a peptide chemoattractant for macrophages and an adipokine regulating adipocyte differentiation and metabolism. Plasma chemerin is increased in chronic inflammatory diseases and in obesity. As inflammation and obesity are risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD), we investigated possible associations of plasma chemerin with inflammatory markers and atherosclerosis in a CAD case–control study (n = 470). Chemerin levels were associated with C-reactive protein, BMI and LDL levels, and negatively associated with HDL levels. Mean plasma chemerin levels were similar in controls and CAD patients but significantly higher in CAD patients not taking low dose aspirin. To investigate the mechanism of chemerin reduction by aspirin, we analyzed chemerin expression in hepatocytes and adipocytes treated with aspirin in the presence and absence of inflammatory cytokines. Chemerin expression was upregulated by pro-inflammatory stimuli in adipocytes but not in hepatocytes. Treatment of stimulated hepatocytes and adipocytes with aspirin did not affect chemerin expression. However, treatment of inflammatory M1 macrophages with aspirin reduced secretion of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-6, and increased secretion of the anti-inflammatory IL-10. In summary, we show that plasma chemerin levels are associated with markers of inflammation and that they are significantly higher in CAD patients not treated with low dose aspirin. In addition, we show that low dose aspirin treatment reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion by macrophages, which may lead to reduced chemerin secretion by adipocytes and may be a reason for the lower chemerin levels in the circulation of CAD patients on low dose aspirin.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:June 2014
Deposited On:11 Jun 2014 10:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:55
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0021-9150
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2014.05.912
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-96549

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