Decreased Release of Lipoprotein Lipase Is Associated With Vascular Endothelial Damage in NIDDM Patients With Microalbuminuria

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To explore mechanisms for hypertriglyceridemia in diabetic patients with microalbuminuria, we examined an association between heparin-releasable lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and the von Willebrand factor (vWF), based on the hypothesis that LPL bound to endothelium is decreased by generalized endothelial damage.


A total of 37 NIDDM patients with microalbuminuria and 69 patients with normoalbuminuria were studied. Plasma LPL mass in postheparin plasma and plasma vWF antigen were quantified by sandwich-enzyme immunoassay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively.


The NIDDM patients with microalbuminuria had higher plasma tryglyceride (TG) and lower HDL cholesterol concentrations compared with the patients with normoalbuminuria. Heparin-releasable LPL mass was significantly lower in the microalbuminuric than in the normoalbuminuric subjects. Plasma level of vWF, a marker for endothelial damage, was significantly increased in microalbuminuric subjects compared with their normoalbuminuric counterparts. The LPL mass was inversely correlated with plasma vWF level at a high correlation coefficient value. The LPL mass was inversely related to TG and positively to HDL cholesterol concentrations.


These results suggest that widespread endothelial damage occurred in NIDDM patients with microalbuminuria, thereby LPL moiety bound to the endothelium is decreased, which results in an impaired catabolism of TG-rich lipoproteins. Diabetes Care 21:2016-2020, 1998

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