Increased chemerin serum levels in hyperandrogenic and normoandrogenic women from Argentina with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Research paper by Giselle A GA Abruzzese, Juan J Gamez, Susana H SH Belli, Oscar A OA Levalle, Eduardo E Mormandi, Patricia P Otero, Mabel N MN Graffigna, Gloria E GE Cerrone, Alicia B AB Motta

Indexed on: 05 Jun '20Published on: 05 Jun '20Published in: Gynecological endocrinology : the official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology


To assess serum chemerin levels and investigate the association of chemerin with the hyperandrogenic and normoandrogenic phenotypes of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and with the metabolic status of the analyzed population. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 106 women with PCOS and 60 healthy controls from Argentina. Patients were classified as showing a hyperandrogenic or normoandrogenic phenotype. Participants underwent anthropometric and clinical evaluation and markers of cardiovascular risk, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome (MS), and serum chemerin levels were assessed. PCOS patients showed increased levels of chemerin. In adjusted models for age and body mass index (BMI), chemerin was associated with markers of metabolic status. The analysis of chemerin levels considering the cutoff values of BMI, homeostatic model of insulin sensitivity (HOMA-IR) and TG/HDL marker showed that PCOS patients always presented higher levels of chemerin than controls. PCOS group showed increased chemerin levels independently of the presence of MS. PCOS patients always showed increased levels of chemerin independently of their phenotype and presence of overweight, as well as higher levels of chemerin than controls when considering the cutoff values of HOMA-IR and TG/HDL. Therefore, argentine women with PCOS display increased chemerin levels independently of their metabolic or androgenic status.

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