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A polypeptide hormone that is secreted by fat cells and regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, especially by increasing insulin sensitivity and muscle uptake of glucose and by decreasing glucose production in the liver.

[Latin adeps, adip-, fat + Latin nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots + -in.]
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Adiponectin (also named apM1, Arcp-30, AdipoQ, or GBP-28), an abundant protein produced by adipose tissue, is regarded as one of the adipokines, which include leptin, resistin, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-a, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, and other constituents necessary for endocrinologically active adipose tissue (1-4).
GBP-28; Fujirebio Inc.) evaluated in this study uses purified native adiponectin from human serum in both calibrators and controls (low and high).