Obesity Surgery

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 176–186 | Cite as

Changes in Global Transcriptional Profiling of Women Following Obesity Surgery Bypass

  • Marcela Augusta de Souza Pinhel
  • Natalia Yumi Noronha
  • Carolina Ferreira Nicoletti
  • Bruno Affonso Parente de Oliveira
  • Cristiana Cortes-Oliveira
  • Vitor Caressato Pinhanelli
  • Wilson Salgado Junior
  • Ana Julia Machry
  • Wilson Araújo da Silva Junior
  • Dorotéia Rossi Silva Souza
  • Júlio Sérgio Marchini
  • Carla Barbosa Nonino
Original Contributions



Differential gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is poorly characterized. Markers of these processes may provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these events. The main goal of this study was to identify changes in PBMC gene expression in women with obesity before and 6 months after RYGB-induced weight loss.


The ribonucleic acid (RNA) of PBMCs from 13 obese women was analyzed before and 6 months after RYGB; the RNA of PBMCs from nine healthy women served as control. The gene expression levels were determined by microarray analysis. Significant differences in gene expression were validated by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR).


Microarray analysis for comparison of the pre- and postoperative periods showed that 1366 genes were differentially expressed genes (DEGs). The main pathways were related to gene transcription; lipid, energy, and glycide metabolism; inflammatory and immunological response; cell differentiation; oxidative stress regulation; response to endogenous and exogenous stimuli; substrate oxidation; mTOR signaling pathway; interferon signaling; mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK), cAMP response element binding protein (CREB1), heat shock factor 1 (HSF1), and sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (SREBP-1c) gene expression; adipocyte differentiation; and methylation.


Six months after bariatric surgery and significant weight loss, many molecular pathways involved in obesity and metabolic diseases change. These findings are an important tool to identify potential targets for therapeutic intervention and clinical practice of nutritional genomics in obesity.


Obesity Bariatric surgery Gene expression Microarray Whole transcriptome 



We acknowledge São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (Grant No. 2013/12819-4) and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) (Grant No. 480763/2013-5) for grant support, and Jean Lozach for the support and help in using the BaseSpace Correlation Engine.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcela Augusta de Souza Pinhel
    • 1
  • Natalia Yumi Noronha
    • 1
  • Carolina Ferreira Nicoletti
    • 1
  • Bruno Affonso Parente de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Cristiana Cortes-Oliveira
    • 1
  • Vitor Caressato Pinhanelli
    • 1
  • Wilson Salgado Junior
    • 2
  • Ana Julia Machry
    • 3
  • Wilson Araújo da Silva Junior
    • 3
  • Dorotéia Rossi Silva Souza
    • 4
  • Júlio Sérgio Marchini
    • 1
  • Carla Barbosa Nonino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Laboratory of Nutrigenomic Studies, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, FMRPUniversity of Sao Paulo, USPRibeirao PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Surgery and Anatomy, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, FMRPUniversity of Sao Paulo, USPRibeirao PretoBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Genetics, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, FMRPUniversity of Sao Paulo, USPRibeirao PretoBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Molecular BiologySão Jose do Rio Preto Medical SchoolSão Jose do Rio PretoBrazil

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