Adiponectin but not resistin is associated with insulin resistance-related phenotypes in baboons

M. Elizabeth Tejero, Jeanne H. Freeland-Graves, J. Michael Proffitt, Kyle W. Peebles, Guowen Cai, Shelley A. Cole, Anthony G. Comuzzie

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    Objective: The hormones adiponectin and resistin have been associated with insulin resistance. This paper analyzed the potential relationship between adiponectin and resistin and insulin resistance-related phenotypes in baboons. Research Methods and Procedures: One hundred eight adult baboons (84 female and 24 male) were studied. Weight was measured, and a blood sample was collected under fasting conditions for plasma and monocyte isolation. Fasting glucose, insulin, C-peptide, and adiponectin levels in plasma were measured by standard methods. Insulin resistance was calculated by the homeostasis model assessment index. Resistin mRNA abundance in monocytes was determined by real-time quantitative reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction. Data were clustered by weight tertiles for statistical analysis. Results: As observed in humans, the insulin resistance-related phenotypes were related to weight, plasma levels of adiponectin, and C-peptide. No significant relationship between resistin circulating levels or expression in monocytes and insulin resistance-related phenotypes was found in baboons. Discussion: These findings suggest that resistin is not associated with insulin resistance. However, previous observations of relationships among weight, adiponectin, and insulin resistance are confirmed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)871-877
    Number of pages7
    JournalObesity Research
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Food Science
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Endocrinology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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