Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Genetic Variation in the Uncoupling Protein and Fatty Acid Binding Protein Gene Families: A Multi-Locus Approach to Investigating Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Damcott, Coleen Mae (2002) Genetic Variation in the Uncoupling Protein and Fatty Acid Binding Protein Gene Families: A Multi-Locus Approach to Investigating Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (3MB) | Preview


Obesity and type 2 diabetes are heterogeneous conditions caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A number of candidate gene families have been identified that influence obesity- and diabetes-related traits, including the uncoupling proteins (UCPs) and fatty acids binding proteins (FABPs). The UCPs are mitochondrial transport proteins that promote proton leakage across the inner mitochondrial membrane, uncoupling oxidative phosphorylation from ATP production and releasing energy as heat. The FABPs are intracellular transporters of fatty acids that facilitate lipid metabolism and gene transcription regulation. The UCPs and FABPs influence energy metabolism, fuel substrate partitioning, glucose and lipid metabolism, and insulin action. In this study, we identified variation in UCP and FABP genes, explored the influence of that variation on phenotype through multi-locus analyses, and assayed the functional consequences of promoter variation on gene expression. Using the multi-locus analysis approach, we constructed regression models that explained a relatively large portion of the variation in phenotypes in comparison to the individual effects of single loci. Several of the models explained upwards of 10% of the variation in traits. This suggests that a multi-locus approach to studying complex disease is much more informative than considering single loci individually. In addition to the statistical analyses, functional studies were performed to assess the effects of promoter variation on gene expression. Variation in the FABP2 promoter region was associated with levels of promoter activity, suggesting a biological explanation for effects of this polymorphism on phenotype. This exploratory analysis identified a number of interesting multi-locus genetic effects on traits related to obesity and type 2 diabetes, suggesting that consideration of multiple gene effects is a more comprehensive approach to understanding complex disease.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Damcott, Coleen Maecmdst51@pitt.eduCMDST51
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFerrell, Robertrferrell@mail.hgen.pitt.eduRFERRELL
Committee MemberFinegold,
Committee MemberFeingold, Eleanorfeingold@pitt.eduFEINGOLD
Committee MemberBarmada, Michaelbarmada@pitt.eduBARMADA
Date: 29 April 2002
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 April 2002
Approval Date: 29 April 2002
Submission Date: 24 April 2002
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: fatty acid binding proteins; obesity; type 2 diabetes; uncoupling proteins
Other ID:, etd-04242002-111809
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item