Adiponectin and the Cardiovascular System

  • Suketu Shah
  • Alina Gavrila
  • Christos S. Mantzoros
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Adiponectin, a recently discovered protein produced exclusively by adipocytes, is thought to be a possible mediator between obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although its function is not entirely known, body fat distribution, insulin, sex hormones, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-α may contribute to its regulation. Along with being associated with cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes and dyslipidemia, deficiency in adiponectin may also directly compromise endothelial action and promote atherosclerosis.


Insulin Resistance Fatty Acid Oxidation Adiponectin Level Plasma Adiponectin Adiponectin Receptor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suketu Shah
    • 1
  • Alina Gavrila
    • 2
  • Christos S. Mantzoros
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBoston
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal MedicineBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston

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