Cytokine Responses to Acute Intermittent Aerobic Exercise in Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Nonsyndromic Obesity

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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  • 1 California State University Fullerton
  • | 2 United States Department of Agriculture
  • | 3 University of Alberta
  • | 4 Children’s Hospital of Orange County
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Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), the best characterized form of syndromic obesity, presents with abnormally high fat mass. In children, obesity presents with low-grade systemic inflammation. This study evaluated if PWS and/or nonsyndromic obesity affected cytokine responses to intermittent aerobic exercise in children. Eleven children with PWS (11 ± 2 y, 45.4 ± 9.5% body fat), 12 children with obesity (OB) (9 ± 1 y, 39.9 ± 6.8% body fat), and 12 lean (LN) children (9 ± 1 y, 17.5 ± 4.6% body fat) participated. Children completed 10 2-min cycling bouts of vigorous intensity, separated by 1-min rest. Blood samples were collected preexercise (PRE), immediately postexercise (IP), and 15, 30, and 60 min into recovery to analyze possible changes in cytokines. In all groups, IL-6 and IL-8 concentrations were greater during recovery compared with PRE. PWS and OB exhibited higher IL-6 area under the curve (AUC) than LN (p < .01 for both). PWS demonstrated higher IL-8 AUC than LN (p < .04). IL-10, TNF-α, and IFN-γ did not change with exercise (p > .05 for all). Results indicate that children with PWS respond with increased Il-6 and IL-8 concentrations to acute exercise similarly to controls. Excess adiposity and epigenetic modifications may explain the greater integrated IL-6 and IL-8 responses in PWS compared with controls.

Duran, Tsang, and Rubin are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. Gertz is with the Obesity and Metabolism Research Unit, United States Department of Agriculture, Davis, CA. Judelson is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. Haqq is with the Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Clark is with the Dept. of Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA.

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