Horm Metab Res 2009; 41(1): 62-66
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1087172
Humans, Clinical

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Modulation of Insulin Concentrations and Metabolic Parameters in Obese Patients by −55CT Polymorphism of the UCP3 Gene Secondary to Two Hypocaloric Diets

D. A. de Luis 1 , R. Aller 1 , O. Izaola 1 , M. Gonzalez Sagrado 1 , R. Conde 1
  • 1Institute of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Medicine School and Unit of Investigation, Hospital Rio Hortega, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
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Publication History

received 25.02.2008

accepted after second revision 15.07.2008

Publication Date:
29 September 2008 (online)


Decreased expression or function of UCP3 could reduce energy expenditure and increase the storage of energy. The aim of our study was to investigate the influence of −55CT polymorphism of the UCP3 gene on insulin concentrations and metabolic parameters secondary to two hypocaloric diets in obese patients. A population of 131 obese (body mass index >30), nondiabetic outpatients was analyzed in a prospective way. Before and after 2 months on two different hypocaloric diets, bipolar electrical bioimpedance, blood pressure measurement, serial assessment of nutritional intake with 3 d of written food records, and biochemical analysis were performed. The statistical analysis was performed based on a dominant model. With diet type I (low fat) and diet type II (low carbohydrate) in probands with both wild-type alleles, we observed decreases in BMI, weight, fat mass, systolic blood pressure, leptin levels, and insulin concentrations. In addition, with diet type II, a decrease in diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels was detected. Secondary to diet type I, a decrease in waist circumference and TNF-alpha was observed. Carriers of the T variant experienced decreases in BMI, weight, and fat mass on both diets, without statistical changes in biochemical parameters. In probands with both C alleles, both diets decreased insulin concentrations, blood pressure, and leptin concentrations. Weight reduction was similar with C and T alleles, independent of macronutrient distribution.



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