Frequency of Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated Gene rs9939609 and Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma 2 Gene rs1801282 Polymorphisms among Trinidadian Neonates of Different Ethnicities and Their Relationship to Anthropometry at Birth.

Cuthbert, C.E., Ramdath, D.D., and Foster, J.E. (2014). "Frequency of Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated Gene rs9939609 and Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma 2 Gene rs1801282 Polymorphisms among Trinidadian Neonates of Different Ethnicities and Their Relationship to Anthropometry at Birth.", Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, 7(1), pp. 40-47. doi : 10.1159/000363138  Access to full text

Abstract

Background: The fat mass and obesity-associated gene (FTO) rs9939609 and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma 2 gene (PPARG2) rs1801282 polymorphisms are type 2 diabetes mellitus susceptibility gene variants associated with obesity. This study examined whether these variants are associated with anthropometry at birth among a representative multi-ethnic sample of Trinidadian neonates. Methods: Cord blood was obtained from consecutive term live births and DNA was genotyped for FTO and PPARG2 variants using polymerase chain reaction. Associations between neonate anthropometry at birth and genotype frequency were assessed using the χ2 test and linear regression. Results: Significant associations were observed between neonate ethnicity and PPARG2 (p = 0.005) and FTO (p = 0.017) variants: high-risk alleles were more prevalent among African than South Asian neonates for both variants. The allelic and genotypic frequencies for mixed neonates were between those for the African and those for the South Asian neonates. No significant relationship was observed between rs9939609 and rs1801282 and anthropometric measures. For both variants, the allelic and genotypic frequencies among the African and South Asian neonates mirrored those found elsewhere for similar ethnic groups. Conclusions: Neonates of African ethnicity possess the highest frequency of rs9939609 and rs1801282 alleles and genotypes; this may be associated with ethnic differences in the risk of lifestyle diseases.

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