alexa Use of Blood as a Surrogate Model for the Assessment of Visceral Adipose Tissue Methylation Profiles Associated with the Metabolic Syndrome in Men
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Research Article

Use of Blood as a Surrogate Model for the Assessment of Visceral Adipose Tissue Methylation Profiles Associated with the Metabolic Syndrome in Men

Frédéric Guénard1,2, Yves Deshaies3,4, Frédéric-Simon Hould5, Stéfane Lebel5, André Tchernof2,4, Picard Marceau5 and Marie-Claude Vohl1,2*

1Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF), Canada

2School of Nutrition, Laval University, Québec, Canada

3Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Québec, Canada

4Department of Medicine, Laval University, Québec, Canada

5Department of Surgery, Laval University, Québec, Canada

Corresponding Author:
Marie-Claude Vohl
Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF)
Université Laval, 2440 Hochelaga Blvd, Quebec, Canada
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Received date: November 17, 2015; Accepted date: January 6, 2016; Published date: January 12, 2016

Citation: Guénard F, Deshaies Y, Hould FS, Lebel S, Tchernof A, et al. (2016) Use of Blood as a Surrogate Model for the Assessment of Visceral Adipose Tissue Methylation Profiles Associated with the Metabolic Syndrome in Men. J Mol Genet Med 10:198. doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000198

Copyright: © 2016 Guénard F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Epigenetic mechanisms are known to be involved in tissue-specific differentiation. DNA methylation patterns have been shown to be largely conserved across tissues but with variation for specific genes. However, it is unclear whether the variability observed in the methylation profile of a metabolically active tissue is reflected in other sources such as hematopoietic tissue. This study aimed to test blood genome-wide CpG site methylation levels as a surrogate model for visceral adipose tissue (VAT) methylation and to verify whether it appropriately reflects differences in methylation levels found in VAT between men discordant for the metabolic syndrome (MetS). Tissue specimens (VAT and blood samples) were obtained from 16 severely obese individuals discordant for the MetS. CpG sites methylation levels were measured with the Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip and correlations of methylation levels between VAT and blood were computed. Differences in methylation levels between individuals with and without MetS were tested in both tissues. Pathway analysis was conducted for differentially methylated CpG sites common to both tissues. High cross-tissue correlations were observed for VAT and blood (0.952±0.014) while some CpG sites had significantly different methylation levels in VAT versus blood. Differential methylation analysis between individuals with and without MetS demonstrated a higher number of differentially methylated CpG sites in VAT than in blood (11,778 vs. 881, respectively) with nearly 4% of differentially methylated sites found in VAT being also represented in blood. Common differentially methylated sites were involved in inflammatory-, lipid- and diabetes-related pathways. These results suggest that blood methylation levels of specific CpG sites may adequately reflect VAT methylation levels for some of the MetS-related genes, specifically for inflammatory, lipid and glucose metabolism genes.


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