Open Access Research article

Adiponectin: an adipocyte-derived hormone, and its gene encoding in children with chronic kidney disease

Manal F Elshamaa1*, Samar M Sabry2, Marwa M El-Sonbaty3, Eman A Elghoroury4, Nahed Emara4, Mona Raafat4, Dina Kandil4 and Gamila Elsaaid5

Author Affiliations

1 Pediatric Department, National Research Centre, 33 El-Behous street, Dokki,PC:12311, Cairo, Egypt

2 Pediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

3 Child Health Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

4 Clinical & Chemical Pathology Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

5 Medical Biochemistry Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:174  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-174

Published: 3 April 2012



The prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and inflammation is high in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Adiponectin (ADPN) is an adipocytokine that may have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects. Low adiponectin levels have previously been found in patients with high risk for CVD.


On seventy eight advanced CKD (stages 4 and 5) pediatric patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis( MHD) or conservative treatment (CT) the following parameters were studied: body mass index, left ventricular mass index(LVMI), serum adiponectin , cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs CRP),interleukin 6(IL6) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the ADIPOQ gene at positions 45, and 276. Seventy age-and gender-matched healthy subjects served as control subjects.


Markedly (P = 0.01) elevated plasma adiponectin levels were observed in CKD patients, especially CT patients, compared to control subjects. The wild type of ADIPOQ 45T > G (T) allele is the main gene for patients and controls. MHD and CT patients had significantly higher frequency of the TT genotypes of +276G > T gene (P = 0.04) compared with control subjects. A significant positive correlation was observed between plasma adiponectin and IL6 level, whereas negative correlations were found between adiponectin level, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and hs CRP. In a stepwise backward multiple regression model only IL6 (P = 0.001) was independently associated with plasma adiponectin levels. The adiponectin gene the 276 GT+TT genotypes were associated with a higher level of adiponectin .


The present study demonstrated that ADPN is related to several metabolic and inflammatory CV risk factors in a manner consistent with the hypothesis that this protein might have a protective role against these factors. We observed an association between the +276G>T SNP in the adiponectin gene and CKD in children. Genetic variation of +276 gene seemed to have a positive impact on circulating adiponectin levels in CKD patients.

Adiponectin; Single nucleotide polymorphisms; CKD; Children; Inflammation