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Hepatic steatosis risk is partly driven by increased de novo lipogenesis following carbohydrate consumption

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology (Online Edition), June 2018
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Hepatic steatosis risk is partly driven by increased de novo lipogenesis following carbohydrate consumption
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Genome Biology (Online Edition), June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13059-018-1439-8
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Francis W. B. Sanders, Animesh Acharjee, Celia Walker, Luke Marney, Lee D. Roberts, Fumiaki Imamura, Benjamin Jenkins, Jack Case, Sumantra Ray, Samuel Virtue, Antonio Vidal-Puig, Diana Kuh, Rebecca Hardy, Michael Allison, Nita Forouhi, Andrew J. Murray, Nick Wareham, Michele Vacca, Albert Koulman, Julian L. Griffin


Diet is a major contributor to metabolic disease risk, but there is controversy as to whether increased incidences of diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease arise from consumption of saturated fats or free sugars. Here, we investigate whether a sub-set of triacylglycerols (TAGs) were associated with hepatic steatosis and whether they arise from de novo lipogenesis (DNL) from the consumption of carbohydrates. We conduct direct infusion mass spectrometry of lipids in plasma to study the association between specific TAGs and hepatic steatosis assessed by ultrasound and fatty liver index in volunteers from the UK-based Fenland Study and evaluate clustering of TAGs in the National Survey of Health and Development UK cohort. We find that TAGs containing saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids with 16-18 carbons are specifically associated with hepatic steatosis. These TAGs are additionally associated with higher consumption of carbohydrate and saturated fat, hepatic steatosis, and variations in the gene for protein phosphatase 1, regulatory subunit 3b (PPP1R3B), which in part regulates glycogen synthesis. DNL is measured in hyperphagic ob/ob mice, mice on a western diet (high in fat and free sugar) and in healthy humans using stable isotope techniques following high carbohydrate meals, demonstrating the rate of DNL correlates with increased synthesis of this cluster of TAGs. Furthermore, these TAGs are increased in plasma from patients with biopsy-confirmed steatosis. A subset of TAGs is associated with hepatic steatosis, even when correcting for common confounding factors. We suggest that hepatic steatosis risk in western populations is in part driven by increased DNL following carbohydrate rich meals in addition to the consumption of saturated fat.

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Unknown 79 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 14 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 18%
Student > Master 11 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 10%
Student > Bachelor 8 10%
Other 8 10%
Unknown 16 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 23%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 16 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 8%
Computer Science 3 4%
Environmental Science 3 4%
Other 9 11%
Unknown 24 30%

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