Chemerin as a marker of body fat and insulin resistance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.Gynecol Endocrinol 2015; 31(2):152-5GE
Adipocytokines may alter normal metabolic function and play an important role in the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). We prospectively evaluated a cohort of obese and non-obese women with PCOS and non-PCOS controls for both novel (chemerin and omentin-1) and established (leptin and adiponectin) adipokines. Compared with age-matched controls, non-obese women with PCOS had decreased serum omentin-1 (191.1 ng/ml versus 269.7 ng/ml, p = 0.0001), while serum chemerin was not significantly altered in women with PCOS (53.95 ng/ml versus 48.61 ng/ml, p = 0.11). The findings were similar in the entire group of women with PCOS. However, in women with PCOS, chemerin correlated with leptin (r = 0.508, p = 0.004), adiponectin (r = -0.36, p = 0.014), and the leptin/adiponectin (L/A) ratio (r = 0.605, p < 0.0001), while there were no such correlations with omentin-1. In women with PCOS, chemerin correlated with BMI (r = 0.317, p = 0.034), abdominal subcutaneous fat (r = 0.451, p = 0.0019), and insulin resistance (HOMA-IR, r = 0.428, p = 0.0034), while omentin-1 did not correlate with any parameter. These data suggest that chemerin although not significantly elevated in women with PCOS correlates with adiposity and insulin resistance, and it is the single best adipokine measured in this regard. Chemerin, through its inflammatory role as a chemo-attractant in adipose tissue, may be an important determinant of insulin resistance in PCOS.