OBJECTIVE: To investigate serum concentration of nesfatin-1 in underweight children who have poor appetite, and its association with anthropometric markers of malnutrition.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We recruited 50 underweight children and adolescents (aged 2-18 years) who presented with loss of appetite. Thirty age- and sex-matched controls were also included in the study. Fasting serum nesfatin-1 concentrations were measured by using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technique.
RESULTS: Mean nesfatin-1 level was significantly higher in underweight children when compared to controls (p<0.001). There was no correlation between serum nesfatin-1 levels and anthropometrics markers.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that nesfatin-1 might have an important role in regulation of food intake and pathogenesis of loss of appetite in children.Free PDF Download
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S. Kaba, K. Karaman, U. Kömüroğlu, K.A Bala, N. Demir, S. Kocaman, M. Doğan, N. Ceylan
Role of circulating nesfatin-1 in the underweight children with poor appetite
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 19 - N. 24