Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have a reduced intestinal absorption of cholesterol and in a preliminary study we observed differences in plasma sterol profile between patients with pancreatic sufficiency (PS) and those with pancreatic insufficiency (PI). Therefore, we hypothesized that the sterol analysis may contribute to study the digestion and absorption state of lipids in patients with CF. To this aim we evaluated plasma sterols in a significant number of adult patients with CF in relation to the pancreatic status. Beside cholesterol, we measured phytosterols and lathosterol as markers of intestinal absorption and hepatic biosynthesis, respectively, by gas-chromatography in plasma of adult CF patients with pancreatic sufficiency (PS-CF, n = 57), insufficiency (PI-CF, n = 97) and healthy subjects (control group, CT, n = 71). PI-CF patients had cholesterol and phytosterols levels significantly lower than PS-CF and CT (p < 5 × 10-10) suggesting a reduced intestinal absorption of sterols related to PI. Instead, lathosterol was significantly higher in PI-CF patients than PS-CF and CT (p < 0.0003) indicating an enhanced cholesterol biosynthesis. In PI-CF patients, phytosterols positively correlate with vitamin E (p = 0.004). Both the classes of molecules need cholesterol esterase for the intestinal digestion, thus the reduced levels of such lipids in serum from PI-CF patients may depend on a reduced enzyme activity, despite the pancreatic enzyme supplementation in all PI-CF patients. A plasma sterols profile may be useful to evaluate the metabolic status of lipids in adult patients with CF and could help to manage the pancreatic enzyme supplementation therapy.

Influence of pancreatic status on circulating plasma sterols in patients with cystic fibrosis

Gelzo M.;Iacotucci P.;Comegna M.;Carnovale V.;Castaldo G.
2020

Abstract

Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have a reduced intestinal absorption of cholesterol and in a preliminary study we observed differences in plasma sterol profile between patients with pancreatic sufficiency (PS) and those with pancreatic insufficiency (PI). Therefore, we hypothesized that the sterol analysis may contribute to study the digestion and absorption state of lipids in patients with CF. To this aim we evaluated plasma sterols in a significant number of adult patients with CF in relation to the pancreatic status. Beside cholesterol, we measured phytosterols and lathosterol as markers of intestinal absorption and hepatic biosynthesis, respectively, by gas-chromatography in plasma of adult CF patients with pancreatic sufficiency (PS-CF, n = 57), insufficiency (PI-CF, n = 97) and healthy subjects (control group, CT, n = 71). PI-CF patients had cholesterol and phytosterols levels significantly lower than PS-CF and CT (p < 5 × 10-10) suggesting a reduced intestinal absorption of sterols related to PI. Instead, lathosterol was significantly higher in PI-CF patients than PS-CF and CT (p < 0.0003) indicating an enhanced cholesterol biosynthesis. In PI-CF patients, phytosterols positively correlate with vitamin E (p = 0.004). Both the classes of molecules need cholesterol esterase for the intestinal digestion, thus the reduced levels of such lipids in serum from PI-CF patients may depend on a reduced enzyme activity, despite the pancreatic enzyme supplementation in all PI-CF patients. A plasma sterols profile may be useful to evaluate the metabolic status of lipids in adult patients with CF and could help to manage the pancreatic enzyme supplementation therapy.
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