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Plasma Growth Arrest-Specific 6 Protein and Genetic Variations in the GAS6 Gene in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome.

A new interesting article has been published in Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2018 Oct 20. doi: 10.1089/met.2017.0143. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Plasma Growth Arrest-Specific 6 Protein and Genetic Variations in the GAS6 Gene in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome.

Authors of this article are:

Li YH, Lu CH, Lin FH, Su SC, Liu JS, Hsieh CH, Hung YJ, Shieh YS,, Lee CH.

A summary of the article is shown below:

BACKGROUND: Growth arrest-specific 6 (Gas6) is a vitamin K-dependent protein secreted by immune cells, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and adipocytes. Recent studies indicate that Gas6 and receptors of the TAM (Tyro3, Axl, and Mer) family may be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity, systemic inflammation, and insulin resistance. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between plasma Gas6 protein and the c.843 + 7G>A Gas6 polymorphism in metabolic syndrome (MetS).METHODS: Two hundred five adults (88 men and 117 women) were recruited in this study. Plasma Gas6 concentration, general, and biochemical data were measured. All subjects were genotyped for the c.843 + 7G>A Gas6 polymorphism.RESULTS: Plasma Gas6 concentrations decreased in parallel with various MetS components in all groups (P = 0.017 for trend). Patients in the second and third tertiles of Gas6 level had higher high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels than those in the first tertile overall and in the female group. Plasma Gas6 levels were significantly positively correlated with HDL-C level and negatively with fasting glucose level in the female patients. The A allele and genotype AA in single nucleotide polymorphism c.843 + 7G>A were less frequent in the subjects with MetS compared to those without MetS.CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated a positive correlation between Gas6 protein values and HDL-C and reinforce the association with fasting glucose. In addition, the presence of c.843 + 7G>A Gas6 polymorphisms, especially the AA genotype, had an association with MetS. The potential role of the Gas6/TAM system in MetS deserves further investigation.

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