Genetic Factors In Nutrition

Genetic Factors In Nutrition

1st Edition - January 28, 1984

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  • Editor: Hector Bourges
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323149600

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Genetic Factors in Nutrition presents the proceedings of the International Workshop on Genetic Factors in Nutrition, held in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on August 4-8, 1982. The papers explore the link between genetics and nutrition in the context of biological evolution. They provide examples of successful interaction between the two disciplines and consider some aspects of nutrient requirements, as well as utilization and consideration of methodological approaches to evaluate nutritional status, with an emphasis on malnutrition. Divided into six parts encompassing 29 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of genetics and nutrition from an evolutionary perspective, citing findings among Amerindians. It proceeds with a discussion of the potential application of genetic epidemiology in nutritional research, nutrient requirements and metabolism, the association between obesity and energy balance, and assessment of nutritional status. It also presents case studies of the correlation between genetics and nutrition before introducing the reader to genetic inheritance and growth in human groups suffering from chronic under-nutrition. Some data derived from nutrition longitudinal studies are analyzed to interpret the nutrition-genetics interaction. This book will be a valuable source of information for scientists and students in genetics and nutrition.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    I. Evolutionary and Genetic Framework

    Genetics and Nutrition: An Evolutionary Perspective

    Evolution, Man, and Food: A Nutritionist's View

    Genetic Epidemiology as a Potential Tool in Nutritional Research

    II. Interactions between Genetics and Nutrition: Case Studies

    Nutritional Genetics: Case Studies

    Inborn Errors of Nutrient Metabolism: Garrod's Lessons and Legacies


    Lactase Deficiency

    Determinants of Individual and Population Blood Lipoprotein Levels

    The Interaction of Genetic and Nutritional Factors in Hyperlipidemia

    Discussion: The Mendelian Hyperlipidemias

    Victuals and Versatility: A Discussion

    III. Nutrient Requirements and Metabolism

    Variability of Nutrient Requirements

    Variability of Nutrient Requirements in the Human

    Genetics and Intestinal Absorption

    Intestinal Microflora and Nutrient Requirements

    Nutrition and Parasitism

    Biological Factors Influencing the Utilization of Amino Acids

    Human Amino Acid Nutrition

    Observations on Protein Turnover

    The Use of Stable Isotopes to Study Nitrogen Metabolism in Homozygous Sickle Cell Disease

    IV. Energy Balance

    Energy Balance and Obesity

    Metabolic Efficiency in Mutant Mice

    Obesity—Lessons from Experimental Medicine

    V. Assessment of Nutritional Status

    Limitations of Metabolic Studies

    Genetics, Environment, and Growth: Issues in the Assessment of Nutritional Status

    Genetic Inheritance and Growth in Human Groups Suffering from Chronic Undernutrition

    Some Data Derived from Nutrition Longitudinal Studies Relevant to the Interpretation of Nutrition and Genetic Interaction

    VI. Prospectives

    Future Needs and Developments

    Future Needs and Developments: A Geneticist's Point of View


Product details

  • No. of pages: 458
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: January 28, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323149600

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Hector Bourges

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