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African genetic admixture is associated with body composition and fat distribution in a cross-sectional study of children.
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PMID:  20877287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Although differences in body composition parameters among African American (AA), Hispanic American (HA) and European American (EA) children are well documented, the factors underlying these differences are not completely understood. Environmental and genetic contributors have been evaluated as contributors to observed differences. This study evaluated the extent to which African or European ancestral genetic background influenced body composition and fat distribution in 301 peripubertal AA (n = 107), HA (n = 79) and EA (n = 115) children aged 7-12.
DESIGN: Estimates of African admixture (AFADM) and European admixture (EUADM) were obtained for every subject using 142 ancestry informative DNA markers. Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry and computed tomography scanning were used to determine body composition and abdominal fat distribution, respectively. Multiple regression models were conducted to evaluate the contribution of admixture estimates to body composition and fat distribution.
RESULTS: Greater AFADM was associated with lower fat mass (P = 0.0163), lower total abdominal adipose tissue (P = 0.0006), lower intra-abdominal adipose tissue (P = 0.0035), lower subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (P = 0.0115) and higher bone mineral content (BMC) (P = 0.0253), after adjusting for socio-economic status, sex, age, height, race/ethnicity and pubertal status. Greater EUADM was associated with lower lean mass (LM) (P = 0.0056).
CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate that ancestral genetic background contributes to racial/ethnic differences in body composition above and beyond the effects of racial/ethnic classification and suggest a genetic contribution to total body fat accumulation, abdominal adiposity, LM and BMC.
M Cardel; P B Higgins; A L Willig; A D Keita; K Casazza; B A Gower; J R Fernández
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2010-09-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of obesity (2005)     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1476-5497     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Obes (Lond)     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-06     Completed Date:  2012-03-07     Revised Date:  2013-12-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256108     Medline TA:  Int J Obes (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  60-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Absorptiometry, Photon
African Americans / genetics*,  statistics & numerical data
Alabama / epidemiology
Body Composition / genetics*
Body Fat Distribution*
Bone Density* / genetics
Cross-Sectional Studies
European Continental Ancestry Group / genetics*,  statistics & numerical data
Hispanic Americans / genetics*,  statistics & numerical data
Subcutaneous Fat, Abdominal*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Grant Support
CA 3R25CA047888-19S1/CA/NCI NIH HHS; CA 47888/CA/NCI NIH HHS; M01 RR000032/RR/NCRR NIH HHS; P30 DK056336/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; P30-DK56336/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01 DK 49779-01/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01 DK 51684-01/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R01 DK067426/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; R25 CA047888/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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