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Lorbeer, Roberto; Baumeister, Sebastian E.; Dörr, Marcus; Nauck, Matthias; Grotevendt, Anne; Schlesinger, Sabrina; Teumer, Alexander; Völzke, Henry; Grabe, Hans-Jörgen; Wallaschofski, Henri; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Lieb, Wolfgang (2016): Angiopoietin-2, its Soluble Receptor Tie-2, and Metabolic Syndrome Components in a Population-Based Sample. In: Obesity, Vol. 24, No. 10: pp. 2038-2041
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Abstract

Objective: Since angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) levels strongly correlate with cardiovascular mortality and subclinical cardiovascular disease, it was hypothesized that levels of Ang-2 and its soluble receptor (sTie-2) were associated with the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and individual MetS components. Methods: Within the population-based Study of Health in Pomerania, two sets of analyses were performed. First, Ang-2 and sTie-2 were related to the prevalence of MetS and its components cross-sectionally (n=3,205). Second, the association between baseline Ang-2 and sTie-2 and incident MetS or longitudinal changes in its components in 1,295 individuals was investigated. Results: High Ang-2 levels (90th percentile), compared with low Ang-2 levels (10th percentile), were positively associated with MetS (OR: 1.78) and with the following MetS criteria: increased triglycerides, lower HDL cholesterol, and higher non-fasting glucose. Furthermore, high sTie-2 levels (90th percentile), compared with low levels (10th percentile), were positively related to MetS (OR: 1.58) and most of its components. However, Ang-2 and sTie-2 levels were not associated with incident MetS or longitudinal change in components of MetS. Conclusions: Ang-2 and sTie-2 levels were cross-sectionally associated with MetS and several of its components. However, Ang-2 and sTie-2 levels were not associated with incident MetS or changes in individual MetS components during follow-up.