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Defne Kalayci1, Suat Konuk2*, Tuncer Tug2
1?irnak State Hospital, Department of Chest Diseases, ?irnak, Turkey
2Abant Izzel Baysal University, Department of Chest Diseases, Bolu, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Suat Konuk, bant Izzel Baysal University, Department of Chest Diseases, Bolu, Turkey, Tel: +90 507 341 0126;
Received: 04 March 2018; Accepted: 19 March 2018; Published: 21 March 2018
Objective: Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by chronic airway inflammation. We aimed to determine the serum levels of omentin in asthma patients and its relation to atopy.
Methods: A total of 47 asthmatic patients and 39 healthy adults were involved. In addition to routine biochemical tests, the serum omentin levels were determined by the ELISA method. The Statistical evaluation was performed using the SPSS 16.0 package program and p <0.05 values were considered significant.
Results: Serum omentin levels of asthmatic patients (107.0 ± 23.7 pg /ml) were higher than the control group (84.0 ± 44.2) (p = 0.028). A statistically significant difference was found according to the severity of asthma (p=0.008). Serum omentin levels were significantly higher in the mild persistent asthma group compared to the moderate asthma group (p = 0.021). In the control group, omentin levels in the non-smokers were significantly higher than the control group (p = 0.005). In the control group, the serum omentin levels of the women were significantly higher than the levels in men (p <0.001). In asthma group, there was a negative correlation between omentin level and the body mass index in men (p= 0.040, r= -0.599). In the control group, the same negative correlation was detected between omentin level and the body mass index in women (p=0.008, r= -0.484).
Conclusion: Serum omentum levels were found to increase in asthmatic patients. In addition, it has been shown that omentum levels are higher in women than men.
Asthma; Omentin; Adinopectin; Body Mass Index
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by chronic airway inflammation . Although it is known that genetic and environmental factors play a role in the formation of asthma, the etiopathogenesis has not yet been fully elucidated. Over the past 20 years there has been a marked increase in the frequency of allergic diseases, including asthma . It is reported that one in four people in the American community is obese [body mass index (BMI) ≥30] . The fat tissue, which was seen only as a reservoir for triglycerides and free fatty acid source is accepted today as an important part of energy metabolism by many secreted enzymes, cytokines, growth factors and hormones. Active mediators secreted from white fat tissue are called adipokines . They play a role in many physiological processes of the body such as nutrition, appetite, energy balance, insulin and glucose metabolism, lipid metabolism, blood pressure regulation, vascular remodeling, coagulation and inflammation. Some of these peptides are tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6), resistin, leptin, adiponectin, vaspin, visfatin and omentin. Adipokines are primarily associated with pathological processes related to obesity. In recent years, the adipokines related to various physiological mechanisms such as the immune system and inflammatory response have been described.
In this study, it was aimed to investigate omentin levels in asthmatic patients and to determine the relationship between omentin levels and inflammation severity.
This study was performed on 47 healthy asthmatic patients and 39 healthy individuals who were admitted to the Department of Chest Diseases of Izzet Baysal Training and Research Hospital between April 2015 and August 2015. The asthma patients included the patients who were both newly diagnosed and who were followed up for asthma and were in the stable or exacerbating periods of the diease. The study was started upon the approval of Instutional Ethics Board (Decision no. 2015/31) and Scientific Research Projects committee approval (Project no: 2015.08.28.963). The informed consent was obtained from all participants.
The participants' demographic information, smoking history, personal and relative medical history, duration and characteristics of asthma symptoms, level and severity of asthma control in the last 3 months, number of attacks in the last 1 year, symptoms of accompanying allergic diseases were recorded. A detailed questionnaire including additional disease information identified by the doctor was performed and the physical examinations were recorded. The Asthma Control Test (ACT) and the Asthma Control Questionarrie (ACQ) were performed by the physician and the scores were recorded. The patients' asthma control status was determined according to the asthma control status table in the Turkish Thoracic Society Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment Guideline 2014 Update. The height, weight measurements and physical examination findings were recorded. The respiratory function tests (MIR, Italy) were applied to asthmatic patients.
All participant's hemogram (CELL-Dyn 3700, Abbott, Illionis, USA), C-reactive protein (CRP) (latex immunoassay) and total IgE results (®Architect c8000, Abbott, Illionis, USA) were recorded. The serum omentin levels were studied in serum samples stored at -80 °C in the patients and control group. The absolute eosinophil count was calculated by multiplying the percentage of eosinophils by the number of white cells. The reference upper limit values were accepted for CRP total IgE and eosinophil, respectively as 5 mg/L, 100 IU/mL and 400 cells/mm3.
The serum omentin levels were studied by ELISA method (Orginal Cusabio Hubei Province, China). In addition to asthma, the patients with chronic airway disease [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease] and/or chronic systemic disease (diabetes mellitus, liver failure, renal failure, heart failure, cerebrovascular diseases) and those younger than 18 years were excluded from the study.
SPSS 16.0 package program was used for statistical analysis. The categorical measures were given as numbers and percentages. Numeric measures were given as mean and standard deviation (where necessary, median and minimum-maximum). The chi-square test was used to compare categorical measurements between groups. The normal distribution of the numerical measurements was determined by the Kolmogorov Smirnov test. The t test was used in independent groups when the assumptions were met in the comparison of numerical measurements between two groups (patient-control, smoking, non-smoking, smoking, etc.), and the Mann Whitney U test was used if the assumptions were not met. One-way analysis of variance was used when the assumptions were met in the comparison of numerical measurements between more than two groups, and the Kruskal Wallis test was used when the assumptions were not met. For those cases that were significant in these comparisons, the binary subgroup comparisons were made with the appropriate post-hoc tests (Scheffe, Tukey, Tamhane) or Bonferroni-corrected Mann Whitney U test. The correlation between numerical measurements was examined by Pearson or Spearman correlation coefficients according to whether the assumptions were met or not. The statistical significance level was taken as p <0.05 in all tests.
The mean age of asthmatic and control groups were 39.7 ± 13.4 years and 37.2 ± 13.8 years, respectively. The difference was statistically insignificant (p=0.355). While 35 (74.5%) of the asthmatic patients were women and 12 (25.5%) were men, in the control group, 29 patients (74.4%) were women and 10 (25.6%) were men (p = 0.991).
The serum omentin levels (107.0±23.7 pg/ml) of asthmatic patients were higher than those of the control group (84.0±44.2 pg/ml) (p=0.028). A statistically significant difference was found when all groups were compared according to asthma severity classification (p = 0.008). In comparisons, the serum omentin levels were found to be higher in the mild persistent asthma group than in the moderate asthma group (p=0.021). The difference between the mild persistent asthma group and the intermittent asthma group was close to the statistical significance level (p=0.089).
The serum omentin levels (111.1±21.1 pg/ml) were higher in women with asthma than in men (95.1±27.6 pg/ml) (p=0.047). Also in the control group, the serum omentin levels (98.8±38.1 pg/ml) were significantly higher in women than men (41.0±31.3 pg/ml). There was no difference in serum omentin levels between smokers and non-smokers in asthma patients (p=0.819). In the control group; the serum omentin level (96.6±38.0 pg/ml) was significantly higher in nonsmokers than in smokers (51.2±44.1 pg/ml) (p=0.005).
The difference between the serum omentin levels in patients with and without allergy symptoms was statistically insignificant. 30 of the asthmatic patients (63.8%) were in stable period and 17 (36.2%) were in exacerbation period. The serum omentin levels were not significantly different between the two groups (p=0.894). There was no difference in the serum omentin levels among the patients with stable asthma (n = 30) who were under complete control, under partial control and uncontrolled (p=0.135). The serum omentin levels were found 107.3±24.5 pg/ml in patients with stable asthma whose attack number in the last one year was under 2 and 109.0 ± 8.5 pg / ml in patients with 2 or more attacks. There was no statistical difference between the two groups (p = 0.917).
There was no significant correlation between the serum omentin levels and age, number of cigarettes smoked (package/year), percentage and number of neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils and CRP value in both asthmatic patient and healthy control group (p> 0.05). In the asthmatic group, there was no significant correlation between the serum omentin level and the duration of the illness, number of attacks in the last one year, force vital capacity (FVC) and percentage, forced expiratory volume (FEV1) and its percentage, peak expiratory flow (PEF) and its percentage (p>0.05).
There was a negative significant correlation between serum omentin level and BMI in the control group (p=0.012, r= -0.399). There was no significant correlation between serum omentin level and BMI in asthma patients (p=0.125, r= -0.227). The negative correlations between serum omentin levels and BMI (p = 0.040, r = -0.599) in men in asthma group and between serum omentin levels and BMI in women in the control group (p = 0.008, r = -0.484) were statistically significant.
Although the biological activity of the omentin molecule is not fully understood, recent studies have shown that many chronic inflammatory diseases are associated with increased or decreased serum omentin levels [5,6]. Liu et al. found in their study that in patients with carotid plaque and Type 2 DM, the serum omentin levels were lower according to the controls .
XiaZhong et al. have shown the relation of decreased omentin levels with coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndrome . The patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with an insulin resistance have been shown to have elevated omentin levels after treatment with metformin . Shibata et al. have shown that the omentin results of 201 Japon patients showed negative correlation with metabolic risk factors such as dyslipidemia and glucose intolerance . In China, as a result of a study performed on the patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), it was reported that the low serum omentin levels were associated with OSAS presence and severity . In all of these studies, low omentin levels during the course of many chronic inflammatory diseases suggest that the omentin may play an antiinflammatory role in proinflammatory conditions.
To our knowledge, there is no study examining serum omentin levels in asthmatic patients. Adiponectin is an antiinflammatory adipokine such as omentin. In two studies, the low serum total adiponectin levels were found to be associated with asthma in premenopausal women and peripubertal girls [12,13]. In other studies, conflicting results were found. Ciprandi et al. found that serum adiponectin levels were significantly higher in the pollen-induced allergic rhinitis patients than in the control group . Serum adiponectin levels in symptomatic men and women patients were significantly higher in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis than in control and asymptomatic patients . Considering that there are also allergic pathways besides the inflammatory pathways in asthma pathophysiology, the high omentin levels in our study support those referenced studies.
Hsueh et al. found significantly higher serum leptin levels and lower adiponectin levels on the children with allergic rhinitis who did not have asthma . There are studies that show that adipokines such as leptin show significant changes in inflammatory diseases besides the antiinflammatory cytokines such as omentin and adiponectin .
In our study, there was no significant difference in mean serum omentin levels between patients with stable asthma and patients with asthma exacerbation. The serum omentin levels were not significantly different between the groups when the asthma patients were divided into groups according to the severity. CRP is a parameter that well identifies inflammation, the serum levels can be easily viewed, and systemic inflammation can also be assessed. High sensitivity-CRP (Hs-CRP) values were shown to be associated with systemic inflammation in many diseases . There are also studies showing the association of hs-CRP levels with asthma . In a study on patients with atherosclerosis and stable angina, there was no significant relationship between serum omentin levels and hs-CRP . We also found no relationship between omentin levels and hs-CRP in the asthma group. However, we found that CRP values in asthmatic patients were higher than in the healthy control group.
In this study, there was no difference in the serum omentin levels between smokers and non-smokers in the asthmatic patients. The serum omentin levels in the control group were significantly higher in smokers than in the non-smokers. Some researchers have found that the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and leptin are elevated after smoking cessation [20,21]. Otsuka et al. have reported that the plasma adiponectin concentration increased after smoking cessation . The adiponectin levels in two studies were shown to rise after smoking cessation [23,24].
In this study, there was no correlation between total IgE level, eosinophil count, FEV1, FVC and serum omentin levels. Serum omentin levels were found to be significantly higher in patients with mild persistent asthma than in those with moderate and severe asthma. It is suggested that the serum omentin level may be increased by secretion as a compensatory mechanism against inflammation during the light intermittent phase.
The omentin is present in excess in human fat tissue. In thin people, the plasma omega-n levels were found to be higher than overweight and obese [25,26]. Thus, it was predicted that the omentin could be used as a marker for obesity-related metabolic disorders and comorbidities. The plasma omentin levels were reported to be positively correlated with waist circumference, BMI, HOMA-IR (the homeostasis model assessment-estimated insulin resistance) index, plasma adiponectin and HDL-cholesterol levels. The decreased plasma omentin levels are associated with increased obesity and insulin resistance . In our study, there was a negative correlation between the BMI and the omentin levels in the control group and in the asthma group in men.
There are some limitations in thid study. The most important is the small number of patients. These findings need to be confirmed in larger cohorts. We think that a higher number of large prospective studies are needed to determine the position of the omentin in asthma.
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Citation: Defne Kalayci, Suat Konuk, Tuncer Tu?. Serum Omentin Levels in Asthma Patients. Archives of Clinical and Biomedical Research 2 (2018): 052-058.