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Ma, Yula; Tucker, Katherine L.; Smith, Caren E.; Lee, Yuan-Chin Amy; Huang, Tao; Richardson, Kris; Parnell, Laurence D.; Lai, Chao-Qiang; Young, Kristin L.; & Justice, Anne E., et al. (2014). Lipoprotein Lipase Variants Interact with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids for Obesity Traits in Women: Replication in Two Populations. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, 24(12), 1323-1329. PMCID: PMC4356006


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is a candidate gene for obesity based on its role in triglyceride hydrolysis and the partitioning of fatty acids towards storage or oxidation. Whether dietary fatty acids modify LPL associated obesity risk is unknown.
METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs320, rs2083637, rs17411031, rs13702, rs2197089) for potential interaction with dietary fatty acids for obesity traits in 1171 participants (333 men and 838 women, aged 45-75 y) of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study (BPRHS). In women, SNP rs320 interacted with dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) for body mass index (BMI) (P = 0.002) and waist circumference (WC) (P = 0.001) respectively. Higher intake of PUFA was associated with lower BMI and WC in homozygotes of the major allele (TT) (P = 0.01 and 0.005) but not in minor allele carriers (TG and GG). These interactions were replicated in an independent population, African American women of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study (n = 1334).
CONCLUSION: Dietary PUFA modulated the association of LPL rs320 with obesity traits in two independent populations. These interactions may be relevant to the dietary management of obesity, particularly in women.


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Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases


Ma, Yula
Tucker, Katherine L.
Smith, Caren E.
Lee, Yuan-Chin Amy
Huang, Tao
Richardson, Kris
Parnell, Laurence D.
Lai, Chao-Qiang
Young, Kristin L.
Justice, Anne E.
Shao, Yaming
North, Kari E.
Ordóñez, José M.