Lipidomics Profiles and Lipid Metabolite Biomarkers in Serum of Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis


As a serious occupational pulmonary fibrosis disease, pneumoconiosis still lacks effective biomarkers. Previous studies suggest that pneumoconiosis may affect the body’s lipid metabolism. The purpose of this study was to explore lipidomics profiles and lipid metabolite biomarkers in the serum of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) by a population case-control study. A total of 150 CWP cases and 120 healthy controls from Beijing, China were included. Blood lipids were detected in serum biochemistry. Lipidomics was performed in serum samples for high-throughput detection of lipophilic metabolites. Serum high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) decreased significantly in CWP cases. Lipidomics data found 131 differential lipid metabolites between the CWP case and control groups. Further, the top eight most important differential lipid metabolites were screened. They all belonged to differential metabolites of CWP at different stages. However, adjusting for potential confounding factors, only three of them were significantly related to CWP, including acylhexosylceramide (AHEXCER 43:5), diacylglycerol (DG 34:8) and dimethyl-phosphatidylethanolamine (DMPE 36:0|DMPE 18:0_18:0), of which good sensitivity and specificity were proven. The present study demonstrated that lipidomics profiles could change significantly in the serum of CWP patients and that the lipid metabolites represented by AHEXCER, DG and DMPE may be good biomarkers of CWP.

Authors: Zhangjian Chen, Jiaqi Shi, Yi Zhang, Jiahe Zhang, Shuqiang Li, Li Guan, Guang Jia
; Full Source: Toxics 2022 Aug 26;10(9):496. doi: 10.3390/toxics10090496.