Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Strader, Dr. April


Obesity and Diabetes, the major cause for morbidity and mortality in United States raises a general curiosity regarding health care expenses when talked about treating them. Every year approximately 300,000 US adults die of reasons associated to obesity and diabetes, becoming the sixth leading cause of death. The prevalence of those diagnosed with diabetes witnessed an exponential curve in the last decade and for the year 2011 about 8.3% of the population in the US has been diagnosed with diabetes and it is predicted that in the year 2030 the prevalence of diabetes is to reach 4.4% globally. Type 2 diabetes is a condition, which develops when the body no longer makes enough insulin or when the insulin so produced does not work effectively. In reaction to the increase in obesity, treatments for obesity became more common especially the pharmacological treatments. Since this treatment also required one to change their lifestyle and food habits, bariatric surgeries were considered as an option to treat obesity and diabetes. A range of surgical procedures have been used to stimulate weight loss for obese patients. These procedures resulted in weight loss by restricting the size of the stomach (Gastric Banding) or bypassing a portion of the intestine (Gastric Bypass). Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) accomplishes weight loss during a combination of gastric restriction and malabsorption. Reduction of the stomach to a small gastric pouch results in feelings of satiety. The RYGB procedure has been performed regularly since the early 1980s; it was first performed laparoscopically in the early 1990s. Ileal interposition (IT) is a surgical procedure where a section of ileum is snipped and moved closer to the jejunum. It is said that the food takes just ten minutes to reach the ileum instead of an hour after this procedure. The ileum produces Glucagon like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) which helps in insulin secretion. Glucose is a key stimulator for mammals and is derived from the diet consumed, transferred from the circulation into the target cells. Glucose penetrates the eukaryotic cells through membrane associated carrier proteins, the Na+ coupled glucose transporter (SGLT-1) and the glucose transporter (GLUT). These transporters are structurally and functionally distinct. The main research question was "are the receptors involved in glucose transport across the membrane (GLUT2 and SGLT1) important for Ileal Interposition"? With experiments like real time PCR (qPCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC), we have observed the differences in the expression of these receptors with respect to the location and organ. Ileal interposition showed a significant difference (p<0.01) compared to sham-operated rats in the expression of GLUT2 in the gluconeogenic organs. The increased GLUT2 levels in ileal interposition may explain glucose sensitivity and these data emphasize the need for GLUT2 to maintain a positive glucose homeostasis and further study on SGLT1/GLUT2 influence on gluconeogenesis.




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