Serum and synovial fluid lipidomic profiles predict obesity-associated osteoarthritis, synovitis, and wound repair

Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 20:7:44315. doi: 10.1038/srep44315.


High-fat diet-induced obesity is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis (OA) and diminished wound healing. The objective of this study was to determine the associations among serum and synovial fluid lipid levels with OA, synovitis, adipokine levels, and wound healing in a pre-clinical obese mouse model of OA. Male C57BL/6 J mice were fed either a low-fat (10% kcal) or one of three high-fat (HF, 60% kcal) diets rich in saturated fatty acids (SFAs), ω-6 or ω-3 polyunsaturated FAs (PUFAs). OA was induced by destabilization of the medial meniscus. Mice also received an ear punch for evaluating wound healing. Serum and synovial fluid were collected for lipidomic and adipokine analyses. We demonstrated that the serum levels of ω-3 PUFAs were negatively correlated with OA and wound size, but positively correlated with adiponectin levels. In contrast, most ω-6 PUFAs exhibited positive correlations with OA, impaired healing, and inflammatory adipokines. Interestingly, levels of pentadecylic acid (C15:0, an odd-chain SFA) and palmitoleic acid were inversely correlated with joint degradation. This study extends our understanding of the links of FAs with OA, synovitis and wound healing, and reports newly identified serum and synovial fluid FAs as predictive biomarkers of OA in obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipokines / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Arthritis, Experimental / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Experimental / metabolism
  • Arthritis, Experimental / pathology
  • Arthritis, Experimental / surgery
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Cartilage, Articular / metabolism
  • Cartilage, Articular / pathology
  • Cartilage, Articular / surgery
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6 / metabolism
  • Hindlimb
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / metabolism
  • Menisci, Tibial / pathology
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery
  • Metabolome*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Obesity / pathology
  • Osteoarthritis / diagnosis*
  • Osteoarthritis / metabolism
  • Osteoarthritis / pathology
  • Osteoarthritis / surgery
  • Synovial Fluid / chemistry
  • Synovitis / diagnosis*
  • Synovitis / metabolism
  • Synovitis / pathology
  • Wound Healing


  • Adipokines
  • Biomarkers
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • palmitoleic acid