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Genetic Variant in Apolipoprotein C3 Gene and Fatty Liver in Obese Children

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 11, 2012
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital

Brief Summary:

In the past decades, obesity in children is much more prevalent in the world. Given the increasing prevalence of pediatric obesity worldwide, fatty liver incidence is on the rise.

Genetic variant in apolipoprotein C3 (APOC3) gene is associated with increased liver fat content in adults.

The aim of this study is to find out whether APOC3 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) influence fatty liver in obese children and adolescent.

Condition or disease
Fatty Liver Obesity

Detailed Description:

The primary aim of this study is to assess the associations between to investigate the association of rs2854117 C > T and rs2854116 T > C SNPs of the APOC3 gene with liver steatosis, as measured by liver ultrasound.

As a secondary aim, the investigators will examine the associations between APOC3 rs2854117 C > T and rs2854116 T > C SNPs and serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels. In addition, the investigators will further analyze the association with other biomarkers, such as body mass index, adiponectin and insulin resistance.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 500 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Influence of Apolipoprotein C3 Variants on Liver Steatosis and Serum Liver Enzyme Values in Obese Children
Study Start Date : July 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2014

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. genotype distribution of APOC3 rs2854117 and rs2854116 polymorphisms in subjects with and without liver steatosis [ Time Frame: Oct 2013 ~ Dec 2014 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. genotype distribution of APOC3 rs2854117 and rs2854116 polymorphisms in subjects with and without insulin resistance [ Time Frame: Oct 2013 ~ Dec 2014 ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
serum, WBC DNA

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Obese children and adolescents in Taiwan

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 6-18 years old
  • Obesity definition: BMI > 95% according to the age- and gender-specific standard suggested by National Health Institute in Taiwan
  • Willing to give written informed consent by parents

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Chronic liver diseases, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Wilson disease and autoimmune hepatitis
  • Major systemic diseases, including cardiopulmonary disease, renal failure, cancer, and psychotic disorder

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01682655

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Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
New Taipei City, Taiwan, 220
Sponsors and Collaborators
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Yu-Cheng Lin, MD, PhD Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
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Responsible Party: Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01682655    
Other Study ID Numbers: 101015-F
First Posted: September 11, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2015
Last Verified: November 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Fatty Liver
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases