Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Biomedical Sciences

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jonathan M. Peterson

Committee Members

W. Andrew Clark, Yongke Lu


Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD) is caused by excessive alcohol consumption and is a leading cause of liver related mortalities, with currently no treatments available. The goal of this project was to establish the effect of alcohol consumption on adipose tissue-derived secreted factors, adiponectin and C1q TNF Related Proteins 1-3 (CTRP1-3). We propose that excessive alcohol consumption will reduce circulating levels of adiponectin and CTRPs 1-3. Mice were fed a Lieber-Decarli control or alcohol diet for 10-days with a gavage (NIAAA model) or 6-weeks with no gavage (chronic model). Serum and adipose tissue were collected and CTRPs 1-3 and adiponectin levels were examined by immunoblot analysis. Our results indicate that long-term alcohol consumption effects adipokine secretion in a sex specific manner. Further research will be needed to explore the physiological relevance of these findings, to determine if these changes are beneficial to combat the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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