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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 3, 2012
Last updated: March 10, 2015
Last verified: November 2013

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.

Fatty Liver

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: 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

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Further study details as provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:

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

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 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

Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: July 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.


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: NCT01682655

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
New Taipei City, Taiwan, 220
Sponsors and Collaborators
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
Principal Investigator: Yu-Cheng Lin, MD, PhD Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01682655     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 101015-F
Study First Received: September 3, 2012
Last Updated: March 10, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fatty Liver
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017