The relationship between leptin and ventilatory control in heart failure

Ivan Cundrle, Virend K. Somers, Prachi Singh, Bruce D. Johnson, Christopher G. Scott, Lyle J. Olson

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Background: Increased serum leptin concentration has been linked to increased ventilation in patients with mild heart failure (HF). However, in animal models the absence of leptin has also been associated with increased ventilation. This study evaluated the relationship of circulating leptin concentration with exercise ventilation in HF patients. Methods and Results: Fifty-eight consecutive ambulatory HF patients were stratified by quintiles of leptin concentration, with a lowest quintile of mean leptin concentration of 1.8 ± 0.9 ng/mL and a highest of 33.3 ± 10.3 ng/mL. Peak exercise ventilatory efficiency (VE/VC02) was significantly elevated in the lowest (46 ± 9 vs 34 ± 6; P < .01) as well as in the highest (38 ± 5 vs 34 ± 6; P < .05) leptin concentration quintiles compared with the reference middle quintile. Multiple regression analysis adjusted for compounders such as age, sex, and body mass index showed leptin concentration to be independently inversely correlated to VE/VCO2 in the low-to-normal quintiles (3 = -0.64; P < .01), positively in the normal-to-high quintiles (β = 0.52; P = .02). and positively correlated to PetCOt in the low-to-normal quintiles (β = 0.59; P = .01) and inversely in the normal-to-high quintiles (β = -0.53; P = .02). Conclusions: In HF patients, both high and low leptin concentrations are associated with increased VE/ VCO2 and decreased PetC02 with a nonlinear U-shaped relationship, suggesting that either leptin deficiency or leptin resistance may modulate ventilatory control in HF patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376.e9-376.e14
JournalJournal of Cardiac Failure
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • leptin resistance
  • ventilatory efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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