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Effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR γ) expression in adults

Sujatha Rajaram, PhD1, Joan Sabaté, DrPH1, MD, Subburaman Mohan, PhD2.
1Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350, 2Musculoskeletal Disease Center, Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA

Background: N-3 fatty acids play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease via lowering blood lipids and suppressing inflammation. Whether or not the anti-inflammatory effects are mediated through alteration in gene expression is not known. Our objective was to determine the effect of varying dietary ratio of n-6: n-3 fatty acids on the expression of PPAR-γ.
Methods: A factorial design approach was used to test the effect of 4 diets on gene expression: 10:1 and 2:1 n-6: n-3 fatty acid ratio diets with and without a supplement (S) of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids (EPA/DHA). This study was part of an original randomized cross-over feeding study (8-week period each with a washout between periods) on 24 healthy adults. Subjects consumed eucaloric diets [10:1 (Control), 2:1 (α-linolenic acid, ALA; 6-7g/2400 kcal/d), 10:1+S (0.20/0.72g EPA/DHA per 2400 kcal/d), and 2:1+S. At the end of each diet period, samples of subcutaneous tissue was collected from the abdominal region and used for measurement of PPAR-γ mRNA levels by real-time polymerase chain reaction with actin as an internal standard.
Results: Preliminary analyses of the fold changes in PPAR-γ expression between diets was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: Our initial analyses did not show an effect of dietary ratio of n-6: n-3 fatty acids with or without the supplement on the expression of PPAR-γ for the 8-week study period.
Funded by the Center for Health and Nutrition Research, University of California, Davis.



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