Association of hypoadiponectinemia with coronary artery disease in men

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2003 Jan 1;23(1):85-9. doi: 10.1161/01.atv.0000048856.22331.50.


Background: Adiponectin is an adipocyte-derived plasma protein that accumulates in the injured artery and has potential antiatherogenic properties. This study was designed to determine whether a decreased plasma adiponectin level (hypoadiponectinemia) can be independently associated with the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD).

Methods and results: The consecutive 225 male patients were enrolled from inpatients who underwent coronary angiography. Voluntary blood donors (n=225) matched for age served as controls. Plasma adiponectin levels in the CAD patients were significantly lower than those in the control subjects. Multiple logistic regression analysis including plasma adiponectin level, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, smoking habits, and body mass index revealed that hypoadiponectinemia was significantly and independently correlated with CAD (P<0.0088). The entire study population was categorized in quartiles based on the distribution of plasma adiponectin levels. The interquartile cutoff points were 4.0, 5.5, and 7.0 microg/mL. The multivariate-adjusted odds ratios for CAD in the first, second, and third quartiles were 2.051 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.288 to 4.951), 1.221 (95% CI, 0.684 to 2.186), and 0.749 (95%CI, 0.392 to 1.418), respectively.

Conclusions: Male patients with hypoadiponectinemia (<4.0 microg/mL) had a significant 2-fold increase in CAD prevalence, independent of well-known CAD risk factors.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiponectin
  • Coronary Artery Disease / blood*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins*
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Prevalence
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Risk Factors


  • Adiponectin
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Proteins