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Nutrients 2013, 5(10), 4115-4125;

Adiponectin: An Attractive Marker for Metabolic Disorders in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Via Giovanni Paolo II, Loc. Tappino, Campobasso 86100, Italy
Department of Cardiothoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Via Leonardo Bianchi, Monaldi Hospital, Naples 80131, Italy
CEINGE Biotecnologie Avanzate Scarl, Via Gaetano Salvatore 486, Naples 80145, Italy
IRCCS–Fondazione SDN, Naples 80131, Italy
Department of Respiratory Medicine, AO Monaldi, University of Naples Federico II, Via Leonardo Bianchi, Monaldi Hospital, Naples 80131, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Ambientali Biologiche Farmaceutiche, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Via Vivaldi 43, Caserta 81100, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 3 June 2013 / Revised: 18 September 2013 / Accepted: 23 September 2013 / Published: 14 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition and Respiratory Disease)
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which may be complicated by development of co-morbidities including metabolic disorders. Metabolic disorders commonly associated with this disease contribute to lung function impairment and mortality. Systemic inflammation appears to be a major factor linking COPD to metabolic alterations. Adipose tissue seems to interfere with systemic inflammation in COPD patients by producing a large number of proteins, known as “adipokines”, involved in various processes such as metabolism, immunity and inflammation. There is evidence that adiponectin is an important modulator of inflammatory processes implicated in airway pathophysiology. Increased serum levels of adiponectin and expression of its receptors on lung tissues of COPD patients have recently highlighted the importance of the adiponectin pathway in this disease. Further, in vitro studies have demonstrated an anti-inflammatory activity for this adipokine at the level of lung epithelium. This review focuses on mechanisms by which adiponectin is implicated in linking COPD with metabolic disorders. View Full-Text
Keywords: COPD; adiponectin; metabolic disorders; adipose tissue COPD; adiponectin; metabolic disorders; adipose tissue
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Bianco, A.; Mazzarella, G.; Turchiarelli, V.; Nigro, E.; Corbi, G.; Scudiero, O.; Sofia, M.; Daniele, A. Adiponectin: An Attractive Marker for Metabolic Disorders in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Nutrients 2013, 5, 4115-4125.

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