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Dozio E.,University of Milan | Vianello E.,University of Milan | Briganti S.,Diabetology and Metabolic Disease Unit | Lamont J.,Randox Laboratories Ltd | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Diabetes Research | Year: 2016

Increased expression of receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) in adipose tissue has been associated with inflammation, adipocyte hypertrophy, and impaired insulin signal. Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), a visceral fat surrounding the myocardium, is potentially involved in the onset/progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). To date, the role of RAGE in EAT has not been explored much. We examined whether the RAGE expression in EAT was associated with EAT adiposity and metabolic dysfunctions normally found in CAD patients. EAT samples were obtained from 33 patients undergoing open-heart surgery. EAT expression of RAGE, GLUT4, adiponenctin, GLO1, HMGB1, TLR-4, and MyD88 was analyzed by microarray. EAT thickness was quantified by echocardiography. Anthropometric measures and clinical parameters were taken. BMI, HOMA-IR, and LAP indices were calculated. With increasing RAGE expression in EAT we observed increases in EAT thickness, reduced expression of GLUT4, adiponectin, and GLO1, and elevations of HMGB1, TLR-4, and MyD88. There were significant correlations between RAGE and EAT thickness and between RAGE and the genes. LAP was higher in patients with increased RAGE expression. Our data suggest that in CAD patients RAGE may be involved in promoting EAT adiposity and metabolic dysfunction, such as impaired insulin signaling. © 2016 Elena Dozio et al.


Dozio E.,University of Milan | Malavazos A.E.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | Vianello E.,University of Milan | Briganti S.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | And 10 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine which signals via a specific alpha receptor subunit (IL-15R a). Increased IL-15 level has been observed in cardiovascular patients and IL-15 immunoreactivity has been detected at vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. Due to the association between adipose tissue distribution, inflammation and coronary artery disease (CAD), we quantified IL-15 and IL-15Rα in CAD patients with different adiposity and adipose tissue distribution and we evaluated whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), a visceral fat depot surrounding and infiltrating myocardium, may be a source of both molecules. IL-15 and IL-15Rα proteins were quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Gene expression of IL-15 and IL-15Rα in EAT depots was evaluated by one colour microarray platform. EAT thickness was measured by echocardiography. Plasmatic IL-15 and IL-15Rα levels were higher in CAD than non-CAD patients. After classification according to adipose tissue distribution, IL-15 was higher in CAD patients with increased abdominal adiposity. Increased level of IL-15Rα was observed both in CAD and non-CAD patients with increased abdominal fat. EAT was a source of IL-15 and IL-15Rα and their expression was higher in CAD patients with increased EAT thickness. In conclusion, our data suggest that circulating levels of IL-15 and IL-15Rα seem to reflect visceral distribution of adipose tissue and that EAT may be a potential source of both IL-15 and IL-15Rα. Future studies on the relationship between IL-15, visceral fat and characteristics of atherosclerotic plaques could help to better understand the complex biology of this cytokine. © 2014 Dozio et al.


Dozio E.,University of Milan | Briganti S.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | Vianello E.,University of Milan | Dogliotti G.,University of Milan | And 8 more authors.
Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases | Year: 2015

Background and aims: Alterations in epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) biology (i.e. increased fat thickness and inflammation) have been described in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. In addition to its classic role in the regulation of calcium-phosphate homeostasis, vitamin D may exert immune-regulatory and anti-inflammatory effects. Whether EAT inflammation may be linked to vitamin D deficiency is still unknown. In the present study we evaluated plasma 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25OHD) level in CAD patients and its relationship with EAT ability to locally metabolize vitamin D, EAT expression of inflammation-related molecules and EAT thickness. Methods and results: Plasma 25OHD level was quantified by an immunoluminometric assay. EAT expression of inflammation-related molecules (MCP-1, PTX3, TNFα, IL-6, adiponectin), vitamin D receptor (VDR), CYP27B1 (25OHD-activating enzyme) and CYP24A1 (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol-metabolizing enzyme) was performed by microarray. EAT thickness was quantified by echocardiography.Median plasma 25OHD level was 10.85ng/mL and 83% of CAD patients displayed 25OHD level below 20ng/mL. At decreasing plasma 25OHD concentration, we observed a down-regulation in CYP27B1 and CYP24A1 level and an increased expression of VDR and pro-inflammatory cytokines (MCP-1, PTX3, TNFα, IL-6) at EAT level. No correlation was observed between plasma 25OHD level and EAT thickness. Conclusion: Our data suggest an increased activation of inflammatory pathways at EAT level possibly related to systemic and local vitamin D deficiency in CAD patients. Whether maintaining an optimal vitamin D status may be helpful to reduce EAT inflammation and to prevent CAD and its progression needs further investigation. © 2014 Elsevier B.V..


Briganti S.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | Ermetici F.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | Malavazos A.E.,Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases Unit | Dozio E.,University of Milan | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition | Year: 2015

We studied the effect of soluble fiber-enriched products on anthropometric and biochemical variables in 30 healthy non-obese, non-diabetic subjects. This was a randomized, controlled crossover, single-blind, dietary intervention study performed for 8 weeks. Subjects received an isocaloric diet with fiber-enriched products for the first 4 weeks and with regular flour products for the following 4 weeks, or vice versa. Weight, height, measures of fat distribution (waist, hip circumference), glucose, insulin and triglycerides were measured at baseline, after 4 and 8 weeks of intervention. BMI and insulin sensitivity indices were calculated. Weight and BMI decreased in the first period of isocaloric diet in both groups, regardless of the type of flour consumed (weight p<0.01, p<0.001 respectively; BMI p = 0.01, p<0.001 respectively). At the end of the 8 weeks, weight and BMI further decreased in the group consuming the fiber-enriched diet (p<0.01). Insulin resistance, estimated with the Homeostasis Model Assessment index and the Lipid Accumulation Product index, improved in all subjects after the fiber-enriched flour diet (p = 0.03, p = 0.02, respectively). In conclusion, an isocaloric diet supplemented with fiber-enriched products may improve measures of fatness and insulin sensitivity in healthy non-obese non-diabetic subjects. We might hypothesize a similar effect also in subjects with metabolic abnormalities. © 2015 JCBN.

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