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vol. 13
Bariatric surgery
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Fasting and postprandial acyl and desacyl ghrelin and the acyl/desacyl ratio in obese patients before and after different types of bariatric surgery

Jolanta A. Dardzińska, Łukasz Kaska, Monika Proczko-Stepaniak, Maria Szymańska-Gnacińska, Ewa Aleksandrowicz-Wrona, Sylwia Małgorzewicz

Videosurgery Miniinv 2018; 13 (3): 366–375
Online publish date: 2018/05/21
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The mechanism underlying beneficial outcomes of bariatric surgery still remains unclear. Especially little is known about hormonal and metabolic changes induced by the novel bariatric procedure mini gastric bypass (MGB).

To evaluate pre- and post-prandial changes in both ghrelin isoforms in obese patients without diabetes and cardiovascular complications treated with MGB, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery.

Material and methods
From 45 patients initially enrolled in the study, 23 persons completed a one-year follow-up period. Venous blood for acyl and desacyl ghrelin (AG and DAG) as well as other metabolic assays was collected 3 months before and 6 and 12 months after bariatric surgery (MGB, RYGB, SG) – in the fasting state and 2 h after the consumption of a standard 300 kcal-mixed meal (Nutridrink standard, Nutricia).

AG and DAG levels (both fasting and prandial) as well as AG/DAG ratio did not change after 6 and 12 months in MGB and RYGB groups. In the SG group we observed a significant decrease in fasting and postprandial DAG levels and consecutively an increase in the fasting AG/DAG ratio after 6 and 12 months. Six months after surgery we observed some differences between carbohydrate metabolism measures in the MGB group (lower HbA1c, HOMA-IR and fasting insulinaemia) in comparison to the rest of the participants, but 12 months after each type of surgery body mass index and indices of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism did not differ.

The results of our study demonstrate that all studied bariatric procedures can successfully reduce overall body weight and suggest also that the mechanisms of weight loss and improvement in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism after all three types of surgery are independent of ghrelin and the acyl/desacyl ghrelin ratio.


acyl ghrelin, desacyl ghrelin, acyl/desacyl ratio, post-prandial, obesity, bariatric, mini gastric bypass

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