Publication Date

Spring 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Jill Maples (Director), Lee Winchester, and Rachel Tinius

Degree Program

School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) can respond to dietary stimuli modulating the up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cell signaling, which is associated with metabolic disease and has been seen to be elevated in African American (AA) when compared to Caucasian American (CA) women. Little is known about the response of PBMCs to a high fat meal among women and the potential impact of ethnicity and/or weight status on this response. The purpose of this study was to examine PBMC response to consuming a high fat meal and the response to culturing PBMCs in media supplemented with lipid among AA and CA women, and to determine the impact that ethnicity and/or weight status may have on this response. Twenty-one women participated in the study: 10 AA (age: 28.00±6.60), 11 CA (age: 26.91±6.28), of whom 11 were lean (BMI


Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Kinesiology | Nutrition