The correlation of serum levels of leptin, leptin receptor and NO x (NO 2 (-) and NO 3 (-)) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Nov;271(11):2943-8. doi: 10.1007/s00405-014-2946-1. Epub 2014 Mar 8.


The aim of this study was to investigate the relations between nitric oxide (NO) and leptin levels in a cohort of untreated adult Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) patients. Between June 1, 2012, and January 1, 2013, we evaluated a total of 58 subjects including 36 OSAS patients and 22 healthy controls, both polysomnographically confirmed. Following the completion of polysomnographic evaluation, serum samples were taken at 08:00. Leptin, leptin receptor, NO2 (-) and NO3 (-) levels were analyzed by commercial ELISA kits. Data analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). There was no statistically significant difference between the OSAS patients and control groups with relation to the demographic parameters and body mass index (p > 0.05). Significantly higher serum leptin and plasma NO levels were found in OSAS patients compared to the controls (p < 0.001). In this study, higher leptin levels which were positively correlated with NO levels in OSAS group may indicate a possible link with increased incidence of airway pathologies in these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leptin / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nitrates / blood*
  • Nitric Oxide / blood*
  • Nitrites / blood*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Polysomnography
  • Prospective Studies
  • Receptors, Leptin / blood*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / blood*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / complications
  • Young Adult


  • Leptin
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrites
  • Receptors, Leptin
  • Nitric Oxide