Research on the Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether the level of FOXA2 expression in fat tissue is a biomarker of insulin resistance. To test this hypothesis, we will perform euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamps in normal and obese human subjects to calculate insulin sensitivity, and see if insulin sensitivity correlates with the FOXA2 expression in subcutaneous fat.
Condition or disease
The investigators at Rockefeller University Hospital are engaged in research on the nature, diagnosis and treatment of obesity and diabetes. The investigators are trying to find out why insulin, a blood sugar lowering hormone that is released by the pancreas following a meal, does not work effectively in individuals with obesity or type 2 diabetes. The investigators have recently discovered a protein in fat cells of obese mice that helps fat cells to take up and break down sugar from the blood. This protein (called FOXA2) also prevents the generation of more fat cells. FOXA2 is only present in obese mice, but absent from fat stores of lean animals. Insulin can stimulate the production of FOXA2 in fat cells. Furthermore, the levels of FOXA2 protein correlate with the degree of blood insulin levels. In this study, we are would like to determine whether FOXA2 is also produced in fat cells of humans, and if its level correlates with the degree of obesity and insulin resistance.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
21 Years to 45 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Healthy volunteers of different BMI classifications
Age 21-45 years old
BMI: either < 25, or 30-35, or > 40
All patients must be willing and able to sign an informed consent form -
Chronic illnesses other the than mild forms of illnesses related to obesity, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and others, that do not require medical treatment
Diabetes mellitus previously diagnosed as per subject report or an abnormal 2 hour OGTT at screening
Chronic drug treatment for any medical condition
Active weight reduction of more than 7 pounds in the last 3 months
History of bleeding or blood clotting disorders
Subjects with hemoglobin <8.5 gm/dl
Changes in smoking habits for the last 6 months
Current pregnancy or current breast-feeding in women
Allergic reaction to local anesthetics
History of anaphylaxis or anaphylactic-like reactions