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Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I, Inflammatory Proteins, and Fibrosis in Subjects With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
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PMID:  23316084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Context:Inflammation may have a pathogenic role in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); by contrast, the role of anti-inflammatory molecules has not been addressed. Low circulating levels of the anti-inflammatory molecule IGF-I have been described in subjects with NAFLD.Objective:The aim of the study was to elucidate the clinical significance of IGF-I in NAFLD and its relationship with inflammatory biomarkers and fibrosis.Design and Setting:We conducted a cross-sectional study and in vitro experiments on hepatic HepG2 cells at the Internal Medicine and Gastrointestinal and Liver Units of the Universities of Catanzaro and Palermo.Subjects:A total of 221 individuals with NAFLD diagnosed on ultrasonography (cohort 1) and 50 subjects with biopsy-proven NAFLD (cohort 2) participated in the study.Intervention:Liver ultrasonography was performed on cohort 1, and hepatic biopsies were obtained from cohort 2.Main Outcome Measures:NAFLD fibrosis and Kleiner scores were calculated. IGF-I and inflammatory biomarker plasma concentrations were assessed with specific assays. In the in vitro study, real-time RT-PCR was used to assess the mRNA expression levels of acute-phase reactants.Results:In the first cohort, circulating IGF-I levels showed an inverse correlation with NAFLD fibrosis score and inflammatory biomarkers; similarly in the second cohort, liver IGF-I mRNA levels and the fibrosis score showed a negative relationship. Finally, we showed that IGF-I was able to directly modulate the expression of acute-phase reactants, decreasing C-reactive protein and fibrinogen levels and up-regulating albumin expression in HepG2 cells.Conclusions:The present data suggest that evaluation of circulating IGF-I and proinflammatory markers might be useful to assess comprehensively the severity of the disease in individuals with NAFLD.
Marta Letizia Hribal; Teresa Procopio; Salvatore Petta; Angela Sciacqua; Stefania Grimaudo; Rosaria Maria Pipitone; Francesco Perticone; Giorgio Sesti
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1945-7197     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375362     Medline TA:  J Clin Endocrinol Metab     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences (M.L.H., T.P., A.S., F.P., G.S.), Viale Europa, University Magna-Graecia of Catanzaro, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy; and Gastroenterology Unit (S.P., S.G., R.M.P.), Dipartimento Biomedico di Medicina Interna e Specialistica, University of Palermo, 90127 Palermo, Italy.
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