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Association between adiponectin and cartilage degradation in human osteoarthritis


Objective: Conflicting findings raise questions about the role of adiponectin in osteoarthritis (OA). The current study aimed to investigate in OA patients the association between the production of adiponectin and the grade of cartilage destruction, and to provide functional evidence for a potential role of adiponectin in OA. Design: The expression of adiponectin was examined by immunohistochemistry in cartilage obtained from healthy individuals (n = 2; ages 56 and 41 years; 1 male and 1 female) and OA patients (n = 11; ages 64-79 years; 2 male and 9 female). The association between its production in chondrocytes and the grade of cartilage destruction was established on full-depth cartilage biopsies. The functional activity of adiponectin in OA cartilage was determined from the relation between the expression of adiponectin, its receptor, cartilage-specific components and factors involved in matrix degradation, and from the chondrocyte response to the full-length or the globular form of adiponectin. Results: Adiponectin was not detected in healthy cartilage. Conversely, the adipokine was up-regulated in damaged tissue, but no strong association with the grade of cartilage destruction was found. We showed a positive correlation between adiponectin and mPGES or MMP-13 while AdipoR1 was related to the expression of type 2 collagen, aggrecan and Sox9. The full-length form of adiponectin but not the globular isoform, stimulated the production of PGE(2) and MMP-13 activity in cultured human chondrocytes. Conclusions: The elevated level of adiponectin found in chondrocytes from OA patients might contribute to matrix remodelling during OA, the full-length isoform being the single active form. (C) 2014 Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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hal-01452716 , version 1 (02-02-2017)



P. -J. Francin, Anne Abot, Cécile Guillaume, David Moulin, Arnaud Bianchi, et al.. Association between adiponectin and cartilage degradation in human osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2014, 22 (3), pp.519-526. ⟨10.1016/j.joca.2014.01.002⟩. ⟨hal-01452716⟩
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