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Serum chemerin levels are independently associated with quality of life in colorectal cancer survivors: A pilot study.

 Jee-Yon Lee  ;  Mi-Kyung Lee  ;  Nam-Kyu Kim  ;  Sang-Hui Chu  ;  Duk-Chul Lee  ;  Hye-Sun Lee  ;  Ji-Won Lee  ;  Justin Y. Jeon 
 PLoS One, Vol.12(5) : e0176929, 2017 
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 PLoS One 
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Aged ; Chemokines/blood* ; Colorectal Neoplasms/blood ; Colorectal Neoplasms/physiopathology* ; Female ; Humans ; Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/blood* ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Pilot Projects ; Quality of Life* ; Survivors*
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors are known to experience various symptoms that significantly affect their quality of life (QOL); therefore, it is important to identify clinical markers related with CRC survivor QOL. Here we investigated the relationship between serum chemerin levels, a newly identified proinflammatory adipokine, and QOL in CRC survivors. METHODS: A data of total of 110 CRC survivors were analysed in the study. Serum chemerin levels were measured with an enzyme immunoassay analyser. Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT) scores were used as an indicator of QOL in CRC survivors. RESULTS: Weak but not negligible relationships were observed between serum chemerin levels and FACT-General (G) (r = -0.22, p<0.02), FACT-Colorectal cancer (C) (r = -0.23, p<0.02) and FACT-Fatigue (F) scores (r = -0.27, p<0.01) after adjusting for confounding factors. Both stepwise and enter method multiple linear regression analyses confirmed that serum chemerin levels were independently associated with FACT-G (stepwise: β = -0.15, p<0.01; enter: β = -0.12, p = 0.02), FACT-C (stepwise: β = -0.19, p<0.01; enter; β = -0.14, p = 0.02) and FACT-F scores (stepwise: β = -0.23, p<0.01; enter: β = -0.20, p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate a weak inverse relationship between serum chemerin and CRC survivor QOL. Although it is impossible to determine causality, our findings suggest that serum chemerin levels may have a significant association with CRC survivor QOL. Further prospective studies are required to confirm the clinical significance of our pilot study.
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김남규(Kim, Nam Kyu) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0639-5632
이덕철(Lee, Duk Chul) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9166-1813
이지원(Lee, Ji Won) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2666-4249
이혜선(Lee, Hye Sun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6328-6948
추상희(Chu, Sang Hui) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6877-5599
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