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Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1871-5303
ISSN (Online): 2212-3873

General Research Article

Positive Correlation between Circulating Fetuin-A and Severity of Coronary Artery Disease in Men

Author(s): Reza Afrisham, Maliheh Paknejad, Davod Ilbeigi, Sahar Sadegh-Nejadi, Sattar Gorgani-Firuzjaee* and Mahmoud Vahidi*

Volume 21, Issue 2, 2021

Published on: 01 June, 2020

Page: [338 - 344] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1871530320666200601164253

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Objective: Fetuin-A serves a dual function; its high levels are associated with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and on the other hand, it serves as a potent inhibitor of ectopic vascular calcification. Due to the opposing findings, the aim of the current study was to investigate serum fetuin-A levels in men with coronary artery disease (CAD).

Methods: In the case-control study, anthropometric and biochemical parameters were determined in 83 men (43 CAD patients and 40 control subjects). At last, the serum fetuin-A levels were measured using the fetuin-A human enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit.

Results: A significant difference was detected among the two groups for triglyceride and cholesterol levels (P=0.003 and P=0.002, respectively). The mean fetuin-A levels were determined 230.57 ± 63.76 and 286.35 ± 64.07 μg/ml for the control group and the CAD patients, respectively (P<0.001). Fetuin- A was significantly correlated to the severity of CAD (r 0.393, P<0.001) and associated with the risk of CAD in subjects (OR [CI] = 1. 144 [1.060-1. 235]; p = 0.001). A cut-off value of 237.4 μg/ml had good sensitivity (76.7%) and specificity (65.0%) for differentiating between two groups [area under curve (AUC) = 0.732 (CI=0.621-0.842); p < 0.001].

Conclusion: Our results indicated that fetuin-A levels were positively correlated to the severity of CAD. The findings suggest that there is a possible link between pathogenic mechanisms of atherosclerosis and fetuin-A; however, more investigations are needed in this regard.

Keywords: Fetuin-A, men, coronary artery disease, biomarker, case-control, Iran.

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