Weight loss reduces plasma endothelin-1 concentration in obese men

Seiji Maeda*, Subrina Jesmin, Motoyuki Iemitsu, Takeshi Otsuki, Tomoaki Matsuo, Kazunori Ohkawara, Yoshio Nakata, Kiyoji Tanaka, Katsutoshi Goto, Takashi Miyauchi

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Obesity is associated with endothelial dysfunction that may contribute to the development of diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Endothelin-1 (ET-1), which is produced mostly by vascular endothelial cells, has potent vasoconstrictor and proliferative activity in vascular smooth muscle cells and, therefore, has been implicated in regulation of vascular tonus and the progression of atherosclerosis, suggesting that ET-1 may be important in endothelial dysfunction. We studied whether diet-induced weight loss (i.e., lifestyle modification) affects plasma ET-1 concentration in obese individuals. We measured plasma ET-1 concentration in seven obese men (age: 48 ± 4 years old, body mass index: 27.7 ± 0.5 kg/m2) before and after a 3-month, diet-induced weight reduction program (i.e., lifestyle modification program). Caloric restriction reduced body weight from 78 ± 3 to 68 ± 2 kg (P < 0.001) and resulted in 12.1 ± 1.2% reduction in body mass index (24.3 ± 0.3 kg/m2, P < 0.0001). After the weight reduction program, systolic and diastolic blood pressure significantly decreased (128 ± 7 vs. 115 ± 4 mm Hg, P < 0.05 and 88 ± 4 vs. 77 ± 2 mm Hg, P < 0.01, respectively). The plasma level of ET-1 significantly decreased after the program (5.1 ± 0.4 vs. 4.0 ± 0.3 pg/ml, P < 0.05). The percentage systolic blood pressure reduction and percentage plasma ET-1 concentration reduction was in a linear relationship (r = 0.86, P < 0.05). Furthermore, the relationship between percentage weight reduction and percentage plasma ET-1 concentration reduction was linear (r=0.87, P < 0.05). We conclude that weight loss by low-calorie diet (i.e., lifestyle modification) reduces plasma ET-1 concentration in obese individuals. This reduction may contribute to the improvement of obesity-induced endothelial dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1047
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Diet
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Endothelin-1
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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