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Prediagnostic circulating adipokine concentrations and risk of renal cell carcinoma in male smokers

Linda M. Liao, Stephanie J. Weinstein, Michael Pollak, Zhen Li, Jarmo Virtamo, Demetrius Albanes, Wong-Ho Chow and Mark P. Purdue

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 34, issue 1, pages 109-112
Published in print January 2013 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Prediagnostic circulating adipokine concentrations and risk of renal cell carcinoma in male smokers

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Despite a well-established link between obesity and renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the mechanism through which obesity acts to increase cancer risk is unclear. Adiponectin, leptin and resistin are adipocyte-secreted peptide hormones that may influence RCC development through their demonstrated effects on inflammation, insulin resistance and cell growth and proliferation. We conducted a nested case–control study to evaluate whether prediagnostic serum adiponectin, leptin and resistin levels are associated with RCC risk. This case–control study (273 cases and 273 controls) was nested within the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study cohort of Finnish male smokers. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were estimated using conditional logistic regression models, with analyte levels modeled continuously and categorically (defined using quartiles among controls). High adiponectin levels were significantly associated with reduced RCC risk (Quartile 4 versus Quartile 1: OR = 0.52, 95% CI = 0.30–0.88; P trend = 0.01). This association remained upon additional adjustment for body mass index at blood collection and exclusion of cases diagnosed within the first 2 years of follow-up. In addition, model adjustment for adiponectin resulted in a substantial attenuation of the association between BMI and RCC (OR per 5kg/m2 changed from 1.19 to 1.05). No clear associations with RCC were observed for leptin or resistin. Our results suggest that elevated levels of circulating adiponectin are associated with decreased subsequent risk of RCC. These findings provide the strongest evidence to date, suggesting that the association between obesity and RCC is mediated at least in part through the effects of low adiponectin.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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