Increased circulating full-length betatrophin levels in drug-naïve metabolic syndrome
ANGPTL8/betatrophin is a recently discovered hormone, which mainly synthesized and secreted by liver and adipose tissue, playing a critical role in pancreatic beta cell proliferation. Previous studies have suggested that serum ANGPTL8/betatrophin levels are associated with obesity and diabetes mellitus. Here, we evaluated the prospective association between ANGPTL8/betatrophin and the metabolic syndrome from a community-based cohort of 153 adults without metabolic syndrome. After 3.5-year follow-up, we observed an inverse correlation between the baseline ANGPTL8/betatrophin levels and the incidence of metabolic syndrome, even after multivariate adjustments. In receiver operating characteristic analysis, the area underneath the curve for ANGPTL8/betatrophin was 0.70 in males and 0.86 in females, and the optimal cut-off values were 23.9 ng/mL and 31.1 ng/mL, respectively. This article suggests that ANGPTL8/betatrophin might be useful in predicting newly-onset metabolic syndrome and its progression in clinical setting.