Exploration of plasma adiponectin, leptin, and COMT genotype on blood pressure among women who are post-menopause

Lauren Green, Laura Byham-Gray, Mindy Kurzer, Hamed Samavat

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Research suggests that adiponectin, leptin, and genetic polymorphisms such as catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype may play an integral role in blood pressure status and thereby cardiovascular health. This is an area especially important for women who are post-menopause; however, the current literature investigating these associations is limited. This study was a cross-sectional secondary analysis of baseline data (N 237) from the Minnesota Green Tea Trial (MGTT). The current study explored the relationships between plasma adiponectin, leptin, and COMT genotype on blood pressure measures. Plasma adiponectin and leptin were obtained after an overnight fast of at least 10 h and were measured by the radioimmunoassay method. The relationships were analysed using multiple linear regression after adjusting for potential confounders. Effect modifications by age, body mass index (BMI) category, blood pressure category, antihypertensive medication use, and COMT genotype were also investigated. The majority of participants were non-Hispanic (97.9%) and Caucasian (94.9 %). Mean (sd) age and BMI were 60.7 (5.0) years and 2.2 (2.9) kg/m2, respectively. After adjustment for confounding variables, neither plasma adiponectin, plasma leptin nor COMT genotype was associated with systolic or diastolic blood pressure measures. The results of stratified analyses also did not reveal any significant interactions or associations. Based on the findings of this study, which utilised more rigorous statistical methods than previous research, neither adiponectin, leptin nor COMT genotype play a role in blood pressure measures in women who are post-menopause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere100
JournalJournal of Nutritional Science
StatePublished - Sep 19 2023

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  • Adiponectin
  • Blood pressure
  • COMT genotype
  • Diastolic blood pressure
  • Leptin
  • Systolic blood pressure

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  • Journal Article


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