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Supplementary Material for: Changes in Gene Expression in PBMCs Profiles of PPARα Target Genes in Obese and Non-Obese Individuals During Fasting

posted on 20.01.2017, 12:35 by Felicidade I., Marcarini J.C., Carreira C.M., Amarante M.K., Afman L.A., Mantovani M.S., Ribeiro L.R.

Background: The prevalence of obesity has risen dramatically and the World Health Organization estimates that 700 million people will be obese worldwide by 2015. Approximately, 50% of the Brazilian population above 20 years of age is overweight, and 16% is obese. Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the differences in the expression of PPARα target genes in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and free fatty acids (FFA) in obese and non-obese individuals after 24 h of fasting. We first presented evidence that Brazilian people exhibit expression changes in PPARα target genes in PBMCs under fasting conditions. Methods: Q-PCR was utilized to assess the mRNA expression levels of target genes. Results: In both groups, the FFA concentrations increased significantly after 24 h of fasting. The basal FFA mean concentration was two-fold higher in the obese group compared with the non-obese group. After fasting, all genes evaluated in this study showed increased expression levels compared with basal expression in both groups. Conclusion: However, our results reveal no differences in gene expression between the obese and non-obese, more studies are necessary to precisely delineate the associated mechanisms, particularly those that include groups with different degrees of obesity and patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 because the expression of the main genes that are involved in β-oxidation and glucose level maintenance are affected by these factors.