Genes and Obesity

Edited by

  • C. Bouchard, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA, US

A number of genes have been identified that are associated with an increased body mass index (BMI), the standard measurement of obesity. By analyzing these genes, researchers hope to gain a better understanding of what causes obesity and develop ways to tackle the problem. The study of genes and obesity could lead to new treatments. This volume reviews the latest developments in the field.
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Researchers, professors and graduate students in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and medicine.


Book information

  • Published: November 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-375003-7


"Full of interest not only for the molecular biologist-for whom the numerous references will be invaluable-but will also appeal to a much wider circle of biologists, and in fact to all those who are concerned with the living cell."--British Medical Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction by Claude Bouchard

  1. Genes and pathways contributing to obesity: a systems biology view
  2. Thomas Drake

  3. Genetics of adipose tissue biology
  4. Peter Arner and Ingrid Dahlman

  5. Genetics of brown adipose tissue
  6. Les Kozak

  7. Obesity caused by single genes

  9. Genetics of lipodystrophies and ectopic fat deposition
  10. Robert Hegele

  11. Genetics of common forms of overweight and obesity

  13. Genetics of adipose tissue distribution
  14. Ruth Loos

  15. Genetics and human dietary intake
  16. Danielle Reed

  17. Genetics and eating disorders
  18. Johannes Hebebrand and Anke Hinney

  19. Genetics of metabolic rates and energy expenditure

  21. Genetics of physical activity level and sedentary time
  22. Timothy Lightfoot and Trudy Moore-Harrison

  23. Advances in epigenetics and relevance to obesity
  24. Alfredo Martinez, Javier Campion, Fermin Milagro

  25. Are there metabolic complications of obesity precipitated by genetic factors?
  26. Alan Shuldiner

  27. From animal models to human genetics to practical applications