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Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on postprandial triglycerides and monocyte activation


Schirmer, Stephan H; Werner, Christian M; Binder, Stephan B G; Faas, Maria E; Custodis, Florian; Böhm, Michael; Laufs, Ulrich (2012). Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on postprandial triglycerides and monocyte activation. Atherosclerosis, 225(1):166-72.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Epidemiologic studies suggest that elevated postprandial triglycerides (ppTG) are associated with future cardiovascular events. Monocyte activation plays an important role in vascular diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids (n3-FA) lower fasting TG levels. The effects of n3-FA on ppTG and the role of ppTG for monocyte activation are insufficiently understood.
METHODS AND RESULTS: 23 healthy volunteers and 30 non-diabetic patients with documented coronary artery disease were subjected to an oral TG tolerance test (OTTT) consisting of 80 g cream fat or to water as control (H(2)O). Patients were treated with 4 g n3-FA/day or placebo for 3 weeks in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Relative postprandial TG increase reached its maximum 4 h after fat intake (185.1 ± 10.9% of baseline). n3-FA reduced fasting TG from 137.1 ± 12.9 to 112.2 ± 8.6 mg/dl (p < 0.05), and maximum ppTG concentrations from 243.6 ± 24.6 to 205.8 ± 17.1 mg/dl (p < 0.05), while relative TG increase (192.8 ± 12.7%) was comparable to placebo. Relative monocytopenia and neutrophilia were detected following fat intake, which was unaffected by n3-FA and also detectable in the H(2)O group. Serum chemotactic cytokine (MCP1 and fractalkine) concentrations and monocyte migration were not affected by fat intake or n3-FA. Monocyte activation markers CD11b and CD14, monocyte subpopulations CD16(+)CD14(high) and CD16(+)CD14(low), sICAM serum levels and markers of oxidative stress remained unchanged by fat intake or n3-FA.
CONCLUSION: The postprandial TG increase does not stimulate monocytes beyond their circadian activation patterns. n3-FA reduce fasting TG and the postprandial TG increase. n3-FA may therefore allow to prospectively study whether selected patients benefit from TG-lowering independent of LDL- and HDL-cholesterol.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Epidemiologic studies suggest that elevated postprandial triglycerides (ppTG) are associated with future cardiovascular events. Monocyte activation plays an important role in vascular diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids (n3-FA) lower fasting TG levels. The effects of n3-FA on ppTG and the role of ppTG for monocyte activation are insufficiently understood.
METHODS AND RESULTS: 23 healthy volunteers and 30 non-diabetic patients with documented coronary artery disease were subjected to an oral TG tolerance test (OTTT) consisting of 80 g cream fat or to water as control (H(2)O). Patients were treated with 4 g n3-FA/day or placebo for 3 weeks in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Relative postprandial TG increase reached its maximum 4 h after fat intake (185.1 ± 10.9% of baseline). n3-FA reduced fasting TG from 137.1 ± 12.9 to 112.2 ± 8.6 mg/dl (p < 0.05), and maximum ppTG concentrations from 243.6 ± 24.6 to 205.8 ± 17.1 mg/dl (p < 0.05), while relative TG increase (192.8 ± 12.7%) was comparable to placebo. Relative monocytopenia and neutrophilia were detected following fat intake, which was unaffected by n3-FA and also detectable in the H(2)O group. Serum chemotactic cytokine (MCP1 and fractalkine) concentrations and monocyte migration were not affected by fat intake or n3-FA. Monocyte activation markers CD11b and CD14, monocyte subpopulations CD16(+)CD14(high) and CD16(+)CD14(low), sICAM serum levels and markers of oxidative stress remained unchanged by fat intake or n3-FA.
CONCLUSION: The postprandial TG increase does not stimulate monocytes beyond their circadian activation patterns. n3-FA reduce fasting TG and the postprandial TG increase. n3-FA may therefore allow to prospectively study whether selected patients benefit from TG-lowering independent of LDL- and HDL-cholesterol.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Trauma Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:04 Mar 2013 16:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:37
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0021-9150
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2012.09.002
PubMed ID:23017356

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