Author(s): Lancha A, LpezGarrido S, Rodrguez A, Cataln V, Ramrez B,
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Abstract BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Obesity is associated with increased adipose tissue inflammation as well as with the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Syntaxin 8 (STX8) is a protein required for the transport of endosomes. In this study we analyzed the relationship of STX8 with the presence of T2D in the context of obesity. METHODS: With this purpose, 21 subjects (seven lean [LN], eight obese normoglycemic [OB-NG] and six obese with type 2 diabetes [OB-T2D]) were included in the study. Gene and protein expression levels of STX8 and GLUT4 were analyzed in visceral adipose tissue (VAT). RESULTS: mRNA (p = 0.008) and protein (p <0.001) expression levels of STX8 were significantly increased in VAT of OB-T2D patients. Moreover, gene expression levels of SLC2A4 (GLUT4) were downregulated (p = 0.002) in VAT of obese patients. We found that STX8 was positively correlated (p <0.05) with fasting glucose concentrations, plasma glucose 2 h after an OGTT and C-reactive protein. Interestingly, the expression of STX8 was negatively correlated (p <0.05) with the expression of SLC2A4 in VAT. CONCLUSIONS: Increased STX8 expression in VAT appears to be associated with the presence of T2D in obese patients through a mechanism that may involve GLUT4. Copyright © 2015 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Arch Med Res
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Diabetes & Practice