Immunologic profile of excessive body weight.

TitleImmunologic profile of excessive body weight.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsAzar Sharabiani M T, Vermeulen R, Scoccianti C, Hosnijeh F S, Minelli L, Sacerdote C, Palli D, Krogh V, Tumino R, Chiodini P, Panico S, Vineis P
Date Published2011 May
KeywordsBiological Markers, Body Weight, Case-Control Studies, Chemokines, Cytokines, Female, Humans, Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Obesity, ROC Curve

The purpose of this paper is to identify immunologic hallmarks of excessive bodyweight. The analysis is based on 176 adults (106 women, 70 men) who participated in a nested case-control study in Italy. All participants were healthy at the time of blood collection and aged between 36 and 75 years. We employed multivariate analysis of variance and a nonparametric Bayesian additive regression tree approach along with a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis to determine the immunologic signature of excessive body weight (i.e., obesity and overweight). Interleukin 8 (IL-8), IL-10, interferon γ, and inducible protein 10 were shown to be predictive of excessive body weight with an area under the ROC curve of 71% (p < 0.0002). We propose that by using this profile-based approach to define immunologic signatures, it might be possible to identify unique immunologic hallmarks of specific types of obesity.

Alternate JournalBiomarkers
PubMed ID21506696