Diabetic and dyslipidaemic morbidly obese exhibit more liver alterations compared with healthy morbidly obese

Eva Pardina, Roser Ferrer, Joana Rossell, Juan Antonio Baena-Fustegueras, Albert Lecube, Jose Manuel Fort, Enric Caubet, Óscar González, Ramón Vilallonga, Víctor Vargas, José María Balibrea, Julia Peinado-Onsurbe

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© 2016 The Authors. Background & aims: To study the origin of fat excess in the livers of morbidly obese (MO) individuals, we analysed lipids and lipases in both plasma and liver and genes involved in lipid transport, or related with, in that organ. Methods: Thirty-two MO patients were grouped according to the absence (healthy: DM - DL -) or presence of comorbidities (dyslipidemic: DM - DL +; or dyslipidemic with type 2 diabetes: DM + DL +) before and one year after gastric bypass. Results: The livers of healthy, DL and DM patients contained more lipids (9.8, 9.5 and 13.7 times, respectively) than those of control subjects. The genes implicated in liver lipid uptake, including HL, LPL, VLDLr, and FAT/ CD36, showed increased expression compared with the controls. The expression of genes involved in lipid-related processes outside of the liver, such as apoB, PPARα and PGC1α, CYP7a1 and HMGCR, was reduced in these patients compared with the controls. PAI1 and TNFα gene expression in the diabetic livers was increased compared with the other obese groups and control group. Increased steatosis and fibrosis were also noted in the MO individuals. Conclusions: Hepatic lipid parameters in MO patients change based on their comorbidities. The gene expression and lipid levels after bariatric surgery were less prominent in the diabetic patients. Lipid receptor overexpression could enable the liver to capture circulating lipids, thus favouring the steatosis typically observed in diabetic and dyslipidaemic MO individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-65
JournalBBA Clinical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Diabetes
  • Lipases
  • Lipids
  • Liver
  • Steatosis


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