Associations between self-reported diabetes and 78 circulating markers of inflammation, immunity, and metabolism among adults in the United States.

Van Dyke AL, Lang Kuhs KA, Shiels MS, Koshiol J, Trabert B, Loftfield E, Purdue MP, Wentzensen N, Pfeiffer RM, Katki HA, Hildesheim A, Kemp TJ, Pinto LA, Chaturvedi AK, Safaeian M
PLoS One. 2017 12 (7): e0182359

PMID: 28753646 · PMCID: PMC5533447 · DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0182359

Inflammation is increasingly thought to be associated with diabetes; however, only a few inflammation markers have been assessed concurrently in relation to history of diabetes. In the most comprehensive evaluation of inflammation markers and diabetes to date using a Luminex bead-based assay, we measured 78 inflammation-, immune-, and metabolic-related markers detectable in at least 10% of serum samples collected from participants from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) screening trial (n = 1,814). At baseline, 6.6% (n = 120) of PLCO participants self-reported a history of diabetes. Cross-sectional associations between these markers and self-reported diabetes were assessed using weighted logistic regression adjusting for sex, smoking status, blood draw age and year, body mass index, and cohort sub-study. Including chemokines [C-C motif ligand (CCL) 19, CCL20, CCL21, C-X-C motif ligand (CXCL) 6, CXCL10, and CXCL11] and soluble cytokine and chemokine receptors [soluble (s) interleukin (IL) 6 receptor (R), soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor (sTNFR) 1, sTNFR2, and sIL-R2], ten inflammation-related markers, were nominally associated with diabetes (P<0.05). In addition to these associations, higher levels of insulin, gastric inhibitory polypeptide, and pancreatic polypeptide remained significantly associated with self-reported diabetes with a false discovery rate <5%, indicating that the assay was able to detect markers associated with diabetes. In summary, self-reported diabetes was nominally associated with circulating cytokines, chemokines, and soluble cytokine and chemokine receptors in the most expansive examination of diabetes and inflammation- and immune-related markers to date. These results highlight the need to explore in future prospective studies the role of inflammation markers in diabetes.

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Aged Biomarkers C-Reactive Protein Chemokines Cross-Sectional Studies Diabetes Mellitus Energy Metabolism Female Humans Inflammation Interleukin-6 Logistic Models Male Middle Aged Receptors, Interleukin-6 Self Report United States

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