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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health Studies

Committee Chair

Melissa Puppa

Committee Member

Marie van der Merwe

Committee Member

Aaryani Sajja


Background: There is an association between sex and the prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Objective: Determine the effects of sex and high fat/sucrose diet on the development of MetS and NAFLD. Methods: 30 male and 30 female C57BL/6 mice were place on one of three diets: High Fat (45% Fat), High Sugar (60% Sucrose), and Control. Results: Male mice on a High Fat diet showed the greatest weight gain amongst all the group as well as demonstrating earlier signs of glucose intolerance. Only those placed on a high sugar diet had indications of liver fibrosis as apparent with Masson’s Trichrome staining. Sex affected protein expression of SREBP-1c and ChREBP. Fasn and Glut4 showed no difference. Conclusion: There are diet and sex differences in the signaling for liver de novo lipogenesis that may contribute to the dimorphic development of NAFLD and MetS.


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