The endogenous secretory receptor for advanced glycation end products (esRAGE) and soluble RAGE (sRAGE) have been shown in human plasma and have emerged as reliable biomarkers of several pathological conditions, including insulin resistance and liver injury. We examined esRAGE and sRAGE levels in obese prepubertal children with and without liver steatosis. esRAGE and sRAGE levels were significantly lower in obese prepubertal children affected by liver steatosis and were independently related to liver steatosis. These findings suggest that AGE-RAGE pathway plays an independent role in the development of liver injury already present in this age group. Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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