Serum Haptoglobin: A Novel Marker of Adiposity in Humans

C. Chiellini, F. Santini, A. Marsili, P. Berti, A. Bertacca, C. Pelosini, G. Scartabelli, E. Pardini, J. López-Soriano, R. Centoni, A. M. Ciccarone, L. Benzi (+4 others)
2004 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism  
Haptoglobin (Hp) is a glycoprotein involved in the acute phase response to inflammation. Our previous findings indicate that Hp mRNA and protein are present in the adipose tissue of rodents and that Hp gene expression is up-regulated in obese models. The aim of the present study was to establish whether Hp could be considered a marker of obesity in humans. In 312 subjects, serum Hp was correlated directly with body mass index (BMI), leptin, C-reactive protein (CRP), and age. In a multivariate
more » ... In a multivariate stepwise regression analysis, BMI and CRP were independent determinants of serum Hp in females, with BMI having the strongest effect. CRP and age were independent determinants of serum Hp in males, although explaining only JCEM is published monthly by The Endocrine Society (http://www. endo-society.org), the foremost professional society serving the endocrine community.
doi:10.1210/jc.2003-031965 pmid:15181041 fatcat:htvsat25mrg6vap2i3xdgv4pei