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Title: PNPLA3 I148M Variant Influences Circulating Retinol in Adults with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or Obesity.
Authors: Mondul A,  Mancina RM,  Merlo A,  Dongiovanni P,  Rametta R,  Montalcini T,  Valenti L,  Albanes D,  Romeo S
Journal: J Nutr
Date: 2015 Aug
Branches: NEB
PubMed ID: 26136587
PMC ID: PMC4516767
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Retinol is a lipid-soluble essential nutrient that is stored as retinyl esters in lipid droplets of hepatic stellate cells. Patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 3 (PNPLA3), through its retinyl-palmitate lipase activity, releases retinol from lipid droplets in hepatic stellate cells in vitro and ex vivo. We have shown that the genetic variant I148M (rs738409) reduces the PNPLA3 retinyl-palmitate lipase activity. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present genetic association study was to test whether overweight/obese carriers of the PNPLA3 148M mutant allele had lower circulating concentrations of retinol than individuals who are homozygous for the 148I allele. METHODS: PNPLA3 I148M (rs738409) was genotyped by Taqman assay in 76 overweight/obese individuals [BMI (kg/m(2)) ≥25; mean ± SD age: 59.7 ± 11.4 y; male gender: 70%] with a histologic diagnosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD; namely the Milan NAFLD cohort) and in 413 obese men (BMI ≥30; mean ± SD age: 57.1 ± 4.9 y) from the α-Tocopherol, β-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. Serum concentrations of retinol and α-tocopherol were measured by HPLC in both cohorts. β-Carotene concentrations in the ATBC study were measured by using HPLC. RESULTS: The PNPLA3 148M mutant allele was associated with lower fasting circulating concentrations of retinol (β = -0.289, P = 0.03) in adults with NAFLD (Milan NAFLD cohort). The PNPLA3 148M mutant allele was also associated with lower fasting circulating concentrations of retinol in adults with a BMI ≥30 (ATBC study; β = -0.043, P = 0.04). CONCLUSION: We showed for the first time, to our knowledge, that carriers of the PNPLA3 148M allele with either fatty liver plus obesity or obesity alone have lower fasting circulating retinol concentrations.