ENDOCRINE, cilt.53, ss.465-470, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a common multicomponent condition including abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and hyperglycaemia. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations of the expression of a panel of signalling genes with the MetS in a Turkish population. A total of 54 MetS patients and 42 healthy controls with similar age and sex were included to this study. mRNA from blood samples was extracted, and real-time polymerase chain reaction was performed for gene expressions using a BioMark 96.96 dynamic array system. We observed marked increases in LIM kinase 2 (LIMK2) and cofilin 1 (CFL1) gene expressions in MetS patients. However, there were significant decreases in intercellular adhesion molecules 1 (ICAM1), ezrin (EZR), mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2 (MAP2K2), and nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) gene expressions in MetS patients. Additionally, no marked changes were noted in other 15 genes studied. This is the first study to provide evidence that activation of LIMK2/CFL1 pathway may play an important role in MetS.