Elevated plasma fractalkine levels are associated with higher levels of IL-6, Apo-B, LDL-C and insulin, but not with body composition in a large female twin sample

Liran Franco, Frances M.K. Williams, Svetlana Trofimov, Gabriela Surdulescu, Timothy Spector, Gregory Livshits*

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Objective Plasma fractalkine (FRACT) is involved in the development of numerous inflammatory conditions including atherosclerosis. It is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus and adipose inflammation. However, whether FRACT is associated with major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, in particular obesity, metabolic syndrome and blood lipids, is virtually unknown. Methods The study included a large community-based sample of 3306 middle-aged women drawn from the general UK population. Blood samples were analyzed for circulating levels of FRACT, leptin, insulin, glucose, LDL-C, HDL-C, Apo-A, ApoB and IL-6. Obesity was assessed by fat body mass (FBM) using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and by body mass index (BMI). Results We found no association between FRACT and body composition, in particular adiposity. Obese and non obese subjects with metabolic syndrome tended to have higher levels of FRACT compared with non-obese subjects without metabolic syndrome but this did not reach statistical significance. Most importantly we report significant correlations between FRACT and circulating IL-6, Apo-B, LDL-C and insulin. The associations with IL-6 and Apo-B were particularly significant (P-value < 0.001), and survived correction for multiple testing and adjustment for age and other covariates. Conclusion Higher FRACT levels correlated with elevated levels of IL-6, Apo-B, LDL-C and insulin, all known risk factors for several clinical related diseases suggesting a potential role of FRACT in inflammation and tissue injury. Variations of FRACT levels are not influenced by body composition and are not correlated with leptin indicating that fat mass alone is not responsible for elevation of FRACT seen in obese individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1087
Number of pages7
JournalMetabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013


FundersFunder number
Carol and Leonora Fingrhut
Dept of Health
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel University
Welcome Trust
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust/Institute of Cancer Research
National Institute for Health Research
Israel Science Foundation994/10
Seventh Framework Programme


    • Atherosclerosis
    • Chemokine
    • Obesity
    • Systemic inflammation
    • Type 2 diabetes


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