Variations in plasma soluble tumour necrosis factor receptors after diet-induced weight loss in obesity

Authors



Dr Jean-Philippe Bastard, MD, PhD, Service de Biochimie et Hormonologie, Hôpital Tenon, 4 rue de la Chine, 75970, Paris Cedex 20, France.
E-mail:
jean-philippe.bastard@tnn.ap-hop-paris.fr

Summary

The aim of this study was to investigate the variations in the plasma levels of the soluble tumour necrosis factor receptor type-I (sTNFR-I) and type-II (sTNFR-II) during weight loss which was induced by 3 weeks on a very low calorie diet (3.9 ± 0.1 MJ/day), in 17 non-diabetic obese women. Plasma sTNFR-I concentrations decreased significantly after weight loss (p < 0.05), but there was no significant change in plasma sTNFR-II. As the diet was associated with a significant decrease in body fat mass (≈2.5 kg), this result supports the emerging concept that adipose tissue can produce significant amounts of sTNFR-I and that this production can be modified by weight loss in human obesity

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