Linkage and association analyses of the UCP3 gene with obesity phenotypes in Caucasian families

Yong Jun Liu, Peng Yuan Liu, Jirong Long, Yan Lu, Leo Elze, Robert R. Recker, Hong Wen Deng

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Uncoupling protein 3 (UCP3) uncouples ATP production from mitochondrial respiration, thereby dissipating energy as heat and affecting the efficiency of energy metabolism. Genetic variations in the UCP3 gene have been conceived to affect body weight in the general population. In this study, using the quantitative transmission disequilibrium test (QTDT), we assessed linkage and association between the UCP3 gene and obesity phenotypes in a large sample of 1,873 subjects from 405 United States Caucasian nuclear families. Obesity phenotypes tested include body mass index (BMI), fat mass, percent fat mass (PFM), and lean mass, with the latter three measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. We first selected five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and then analyzed three highly polymorphic ones, namely, -55 C/T (promoter), Tyr99Tyr (exon 3), and Tyr210Tyr (exon 5), in the total sample. Significant linkage disequilibria (0.392 ≤ D′ ≤ 0.940, P <0.0001) were observed between pairs of SNPs. In single-locus analyses, we found statistically significant association (P = 0.034) and linkage (P = 0.031) between -55 C/T and BMI. This polymorphism explains 2.29% of BMI variation, and subjects carrying the T allele had an average of 3.5% lower BMI than those without it (P = 0.003). In haplotype analyses, we also observed evidence of linkage (P = 0.002) and association (P = 0.035) with BMI. In summary, our results suggest that UCP3 gene polymorphisms may contribute to BMI variation in this Caucasian population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-203
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiological Genomics
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Body Mass Index
Obesity
Phenotype
Genes
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
Exons
Fats
Linkage Disequilibrium
Photon Absorptiometry
Nuclear Family
Haplotypes
Energy Metabolism
Population
Uncoupling Protein 3
Respiration
Hot Temperature
Adenosine Triphosphate
Alleles
Body Weight

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  • Physiology
  • Genetics

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Linkage and association analyses of the UCP3 gene with obesity phenotypes in Caucasian families. / Liu, Yong Jun; Liu, Peng Yuan; Long, Jirong; Lu, Yan; Elze, Leo; Recker, Robert R.; Deng, Hong Wen.

In: Physiological Genomics, Vol. 22, 10.2005, p. 197-203.

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Liu, Yong Jun ; Liu, Peng Yuan ; Long, Jirong ; Lu, Yan ; Elze, Leo ; Recker, Robert R. ; Deng, Hong Wen. / Linkage and association analyses of the UCP3 gene with obesity phenotypes in Caucasian families. In: Physiological Genomics. 2005 ; Vol. 22. pp. 197-203.
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