Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) has the unique property to release mediators that nourish the heart in healthy conditions, an effect that becomes detrimental when volume expands and proinflammatory cytokines start to be produced. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), a proinflammatory mediator involved in atherosclerosis, is also produced by visceral fat. Due to the correlation of inflammation with PCSK9 and EAT enlargement, we evaluated whether PCSK9 was expressed in EAT and associated with EAT inflammation and volume. EAT samples were isolated during surgery. EAT thickness was measured by echocardiography. A microarray was used to explore EAT transcriptoma. The PCSK9 protein levels were measured by Western Blot in EAT and ELISA in plasma. PCSK9 was expressed at both the gene and protein levels in EAT. We found a positive association with EAT thickness and local proinflammatory mediators, in particular, chemokines for monocytes and lymphocytes. No association was found with the circulating PCSK9 level. The expression of PCSK9 in EAT argues that PCSK9 is part of the EAT secretome and EAT inflammation is associated with local PCSK9 expression, regardless of circulating PCSK9 levels. Whether reducing EAT inflammation or PCSK9 local levels may have beneficial effects on EAT metabolism and cardiovascular risk needs further investigations.
PCSK9 Expression in Epicardial Adipose Tissue : Molecular Association with Local Tissue Inflammation / E. Dozio, M. Ruscica, E. Vianello, C. Macchi, C. Sitzia, G. Schmitz, L. Tacchini, M.M. Corsi Romanelli. - In: MEDIATORS OF INFLAMMATION. - ISSN 0962-9351. - 2020(2020 Jun 04), pp. 1348913.1-1348913.8.
|Titolo:||PCSK9 Expression in Epicardial Adipose Tissue : Molecular Association with Local Tissue Inflammation|
DOZIO, ELENA (Primo) (Corresponding)
CORSI ROMANELLI, MASSIMILIANO MARCO (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/05 - Patologia Clinica|
Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale
Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia
|Data di pubblicazione:||4-giu-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2020/1348913|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|