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Title: Association between serum ferritin and osteocalcin as a potential mechanism explaining the iron-induced insulin resistance
Author: Juanola-Falgarona, Martí
Cándido-Fernández, José
Salas Salvadó, Jordi
Martínez-González, Miguel Ángel, 1957-
Estruch Riba, Ramon
Fiol Sala, Miguel
Arija Val, Victoria
Bulló, Mònica
Keywords: Resistència a la insulina
Ferro en l'organisme
Insulin resistance
Iron in the body
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2013
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract: Background Increased iron stores are associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, however, the mechanisms underlying these associations are poorly understood. Because a reduction of circulating osteocalcin levels after iron overload have been demonstrated in cell cultures, and osteocalcin is related to glucose and insulin metabolism, the iron-induced osteocalcin reductions could contribute to explain the role of iron metabolism in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Objective To analyzed the associations between serum total and uncarboxylated osteocalcin and adiponectin concentrations with serum ferritin and soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) in elderly subjects. Design We evaluated a total of 423 subjects from the PREDIMED cohort in a population-based cross-sectional analysis. Extensive clinical, nutritional and laboratory measurements, including total and uncarboxylated osteocalcin, adiponectin, ferritin and sTfR were recorded. Results Serum ferritin was positively correlated with increased glucose and insulin circulating levels but also with HOMA-IR, and was inversely associated with total osteocalcin and adiponectin. A regression analysis revealed that serum ferritin and transferrin receptor levels were significantly associated with a decrease in total and uncarboxylated osteocalcin. Serum sTfR levels were associated with lower uncarboxylated osteocalcin levels in the whole-study subjects and remained significant only in the IFG (impaired fasting glucose) individuals. Conclusions We described, for the first time, an inverse association between serum ferritin and sTfR with osteocalcin and extend previous results on adiponectin, thus supporting that factors related to iron metabolism could contribute to the insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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It is part of: PLoS One, 2013, vol. 8, num. 10, p. e76433
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ISSN: 1932-6203
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