Apolipoprotein B-100 kinetics in visceral obesity: associations with plasma apolipoprotein C-III concentration

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    Obesity is strongly associated with dyslipidemia, which may account for the associated increased risk of atherosclerosis and coronary disease. We aimed to test the hypothesis that kinetics of hepatic apolipoprotein B-100 (apoB) metabolism are disturbed in men with visceral obesity and to examine whether these kinetic defects are associated with elevated plasma concentration of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III). Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apoB kinetics were measured in 48 viscerally obese men and 10 age-matched normolipidemic lean men using an intravenous bolus injection of d(3)-leucine. ApoB isotopic enrichment was measured using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS). Kinetic parameters were derived using a multicompartmental model (Simulation, Analysis, and Modeling Software II [SAAM-II]). Compared with controls, obese subjects had significantly elevated plasma concentrations of plasma triglycerides, cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, VLDL-apoB, IDL-apoB, LDL-apoB, apoC-III, insulin, and lathosterol (P <.01). VLDL-apoB secretion rate was significantly higher (P =.034) in obese than control subjects; the fractional catabolic rates (FCRs) of IDL-apoB and LDL-apoB (P <.01) and percent conversion of VLDL-apoB to LDL-apoB (P <.02) were also significantly lower in obese subjects. However, the decreased VLDL-apoB FCR was not significantly different from the lean group. In the obese group, plasma concentration of apoC-III was significantly and positively associated with VLDL-apoB secretion rate and inversely with VLDL-apoB FCR and percent conversion of VLDL to LDL. In multiple regression analysis, plasma apoC-III concentration was independently and significantly correlated with the secretion rate of VLDL-apoB (regression coefficient [SE] 0.511 [0.03], P =.001) and with the percent conversion of VLDL-apoB to LDL-apoB (-0.408 [0.01], P =.004). Our findings suggest that plasma lipid and lipoprotein abnormalities in visceral obesity may be due to a combination of overproduction of VLDL-apoB particles and decreased catabolism of apoB containing particles. Elevated plasma apoC-III concentration is also a feature of dyslipidemia in obesity that contributes to the kinetic defects in apoB metabolism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1041-1046
    Number of pages6
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002


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