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Publications (2011-2014)

Past Publications


  • Rodrıguez-Galan MB, Falcon LM. Aging Puerto Ricans’ Experiences of Depression Treatment: A New Ethnographic Exploration. Research in the Sociology of Health Care 2014;32:275-303. (Link to Research in the Sociology of Health Care)
  • Ma Y, Tucker KL, Smith CE, Lee YC, Huang T, Richardson K, Parnell LD, Lai CQ, Young KL, Justice AE, Shao Y, North KE, Ordovas JM. Lipoprotein lipase variants interact with polyunsaturated fatty acids for obesity traits in women: Replication in two populations. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2014;24(12):1323-9. PMCID: PMC4356006 (Link to PubMed)
  • Zheng J-S, Lai C-Q, Parnell LD, Lee Y-C, Shen J, Smith CE, Casas-Agustench P, Richardson K, Li D, Noel SE, Tucker KL, Arnett DK, Borecki IB, Ordovas JM. Genome-wide interaction of genotype by erythrocyte n-3 fatty acids contributes to phenotypic variance of diabetes-related traits. BMC Genomics 2014;15:781. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-781. PMCID: PMC4168207 (Link to PubMed)
  • Arevalo S, Tucker KL, Falcon LM. Life events trajectories, allostatic load, and the moderating role of age at arrival from Puerto Rico to the US mainland. Soc Sci Med 2014;120:301-10. PMCID: PMC4256941 (Link to PubMed)
  • Berkowitz SA, Gao X, Tucker KL. Food insecure dietary patterns are associated with poor longitudinal glycemic control in diabetes: Results from the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Diab Care 2014;37:2587-92. PMCID: PMC4140162 (Link to PubMed)
  • Todorova I, Tejada S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Perspectives of Puerto Rican adults about heart health and a potential community program. Am J Health Educ. 2014;45(2):76-85. PMCID: PMC4493922 (Link to PubMed)
  • Zheng JS, Parnell LD, Smith CE, Lee YC, Jamal-Allial A, Ma Y, Li D, Tucker KL, Ordovás JM, Lai CQ. Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, IRS1 Variant rs2943641, and Insulin Resistance: Replication of a Gene-Nutrient Interaction in 4 Populations of Different Ancestries. Clin Chem. 2014;60(1):186-96. PMCID: PMC4026060 (Link to PubMed
  • Jamal-Allial A, Griffith JL, Tucker KL. The longitudinal association of vitamin D serum concentrations & adiposity phenotype. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014 Oct;144 Pt A:185-8. PMCID: PMC4055547. (Link to PubMed


  • Smith CE1, Tucker KL, Arnett DK, Noel SE, Corella D, Borecki IB, Feitosa MF, Aslibekyan S, Parnell LD, Lai CQ, Lee YC, Ordovás JM. Apolipoprotein A2 polymorphism interacts with intakes of dairy foods to influence body weight in 2 U.S. populations. J Nutr. 2013;143(12):1865-71. PMCID: PMC3827635 (Link to PubMed)
  • Bhupathiraju SN1, Lichtenstein AH, Dawson-Hughes B, Hannan MT, Tucker KL. Adherence to the 2006 American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations for cardiovascular disease risk reduction is associated with bone health in older Puerto Ricans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98(5):1309-16. PMCID: PMC3798082 (Link to PubMed)
  • Zheng JS, Arnett DK, Parnell LD, Lee YC, Ma Y, Smith CE, Richardson K, Li D, Borecki IB, Tucker KL, Ordovás JM, Lai CQ. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Modulate the Association between PIK3CA-KCNMB3 Genetic Variants and Insulin Resistance. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 27;8(6):e67394. PMCID: PMC3694924 (Link to PubMed)
  • Mattei J, Bhupathiraju S, Tucker KL. Higher Adherence to a Diet Score Based on American Heart Association Recommendations Is Associated with Lower Odds of Allostatic Load and Metabolic Syndrome in Puerto Rican Adults. J Nutr. 2013;143(11):1753-9. PMCID: PMC3796346 (Link to PubMed)
  • Zheng J-S, Arnett DK, Parnell LD, Smith CE, Li D, Borecki IB, Tucker KL, Ordovas JM, Lai-C-Q. Modulation by dietary fat and carbohydrate of IRS1 association with type 2 diabetes traits in two populations of different ancestries. Diab Care 2013;36(9):2621-7. PMCID: PMC3747864 (Link to PubMed)
  • Zheng J-S, Arnett D, Parnell LD, Lee Y-C, Ma Y, Smith CE, Richardson K, Li D, Borecki IB, Ordovas JM, Tucker KL, Lai C-Q. Genetic variants at PSMD3 interact with dietary fat and carbohydrate to modulate insulin resistance. J Nutr 2013;143:354-61. PMCID: PMC3713024 (Link to PubMed)
  • Todorova I, Tucker KL, Pescador Jimenez M, Lincoln A, Arevelo S, Falcon LM. Determinants of self-rated health and the role of acculturation: implications for health inequalities. Ethn Health 2013;18(6):563-85. PMCID: PMC3758374 (Link to PubMed)
  • Van Rompay MI, McKeown NM, Sceppa C, Ordovás JM, Tucker KL. Carbohydrate nutrition differs by diabetes status and is associated with dyslipidemia in Boston Puerto Rican adults without diabetes. J Nutr 2013;143:182-8. PMCID: PMC3542909 (Link to PubMed)
  • Smith CE, Tucker KL, Lee YC, Lai CQ, Parnell LD, Ordovas JM. Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 variant interacts with saturated fatty acids in Puerto Ricans. Obesity. 2013;21(3):602-8. PMCID: PMC3630241 (Link to PubMed)
  • Ye X, Scott T, Gao X, Maras JE, Bakun PJ, Tucker KL. Mediterranean diet, healthy eating index 2005, and cognitive function in middle-aged and older Puerto Rican adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013;113(2):276-281. PMCID: PMC3662236 (Link to PubMed)
  • Feng X, Tucker KL, Parnell LD, Shen J, Lee YC, Ordovás JM, Ling WH, Lai CQ. Insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) variants confer risk of diabetes in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2013;22(1):150-9. (Link to PubMed)
  • Perez NA, Weathers B, Willis M, Mendez J. Collaboration across eight research centers: unanticipated benefits and outcomes for project managers. Popul Health Manag. 2013;16(1):46-52. (Link to PubMed)


  • Ma X-Y, Qiu WQ, Smith CE, Parnell LD, Jiang Z-Y, Ordovás JM, Tucker KL, Lai C-Q. Association between BDNF- rs6265 and obesity in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. J Obes 2012;2012:102942. doi: 10.1155/2012/102942 PMCID: PMC3543800 (Link to PubMed)
  • Moorthy D, Peter I, Scott TM, Parnell LD, Lai CQ, Crott JW, Ordovás JM, Selhub J, Griffith J, Rosenberg IH, Tucker KL, Troen AM. Status of vitamins B-12 and B-6 but not of folate, homocysteine, and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T polymorphism are associated with impaired cognition and depression in adults. J Nutr. 2012;142(8):1554-60. PMCID: PMC3397340 (Link to PubMed)
  • VanRompay MI, McKeown NM, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Falcon, LM, Ordovás JM, Tucker KL. Acculturation and sociocultural influences on dietary intake and health status among Puerto Rican adults in Massachusetts. J Acad Nutr Diet 2012;112:64-74. PMCID: PMC3289968 (Link to PubMed)
  • Huang T, Tucker K, Lee Y, Crott J, Parnell L, Shen J, Smith C, Ordovas J, Li D, Lai C. MAT1A variants modulate the effect of dietary fatty acids on plasma homocysteine concentrations. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2012 Apr;22(4):362-8. PMCID: PMC3117050 (Link to PubMed)


  • Corella D, Arnett DK, Tucker KL, Kabagambe EK, Tsai M, Parnell LD, Lai CQ, Lee YC, Warodomwichit D, Hopkins PN, Ordovas JM. A high intake of saturated fatty acids strengthens the association between the fat mass and obesity-associated gene and BMI. J Nutr. 2011 Dec;141(12):2219-25. PMCID: PMC3223879 (Link to PubMed)
  • Mattei J, Noel SE, Tucker KL. A meat, processed meat, and french fries dietary pattern is associated with high allostatic load in Puerto Rican older adults. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Oct;111(10):1498-506. PMCID: PMC3185297 (Link to PubMed)
  • Oxenkrug G, Tucker KL, Requintina P, Summergrad P. Neopterin, a marker of interferon-gamma-inducible inflammation, correlates with pyridoxal-5'-phosphate, waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol, insulin resistance and mortality risk in adult Boston community dwellers of Puerto Rican origin. Am J Neuroprotection Neuroregeneration 2011;3:48-52. PMCID: PMC3269817 (Link to PubMed)
  • Bhupathiraju SN, Lichtenstein AH, Dawson-Hughes B, Tucker KL. Adherence index based on the AHA 2006 diet and lifestyle recommendations is associated with select cardiovascular disease risk factors in older Puerto Ricans. J Nutr. 2011 Mar;141(3):460-9. PMCID: PMC3040903 (Link to PubMed)
  • Ye X, Gao X, Scott T, Tucker KL. Habitual sugar intake and cognitive function among middle-aged and older Puerto Ricans without diabetes. Br J Nutr. 2011;106:1423-32. (Link to PubMed)
  • Huang T, Tucker KL, Lee YC, Crott JW, Parnell LD, Shen J, Smith CE, Ordovas JM, Li D, Lai CQ. Interactions between genetic variants of folate metabolism genes and lifestyle affect plasma homocysteine concentrations in the Boston Puerto Rican population. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Oct;14(10):1805-12. (Link to PubMed)
  • Ye X, Lai CQ, Crott JW, Troen AM, Ordovas JM, Tucker KL. The folate hydrolase 1561C>T polymorphism is associated with depressive symptoms in Puerto Rican adults. Psychosom Med. 2011 Jun;73(5):385-92. PMCID: PMC3110520. (Link to PubMed)
  • Van Rompay MI, Castaneda-Sceppa C, McKeown NM, Ordovás JM, Tucker KL. Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among older Puerto Rican adults living in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011;13(5):825-33. (Link to PubMed)
  • Henkin S, Tucker KL, Gao X, Falcon LM, Qawi I, Brugge D. Association of depression, psycho-social stress and acculturation with respiratory disease among Puerto Rican adults in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011;13(2):214-23. (Link to PubMed)
  • Huang T, Tucker KL, Lee YC, Crott JW, Parnell LD, Shen J, Smith CE, Ordovas JM, Li D, Lai CQ. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase variants associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease interact with dietary polyunsaturated Fatty acids to modulate plasma homocysteine in Puerto Rican adults. J Nutr. 2011;141(4):654-9. PMCID: PMC3056580 (Link to PubMed)
  • Rioux CL, Tucker KL, Brugge D, Gute DM, Mwamburi M. Traffic exposure in a population with high prevalence type 2 diabetes - Do medications influence concentrations of C-reactive protein? Environ Pollut. 2011;159(8-9):2051-60. PMCID: PMC3412137 (Link to PubMed)
  • Laugero KD, Falcon LM, Tucker KL. Relationship between perceived stress and dietary and activity patterns in older adults participating in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Appetite. 2011;56(1):194-204. (Link to PubMed)
  • Mattei J, Demissie S, Tucker KL, Ordovas JM. The APOA1/C3/A4/A5 cluster and markers of allostatic load in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2011;21(11):862-70. PMCID: PMC3004022 (Link to PubMed)
  • Bhupathiraju SN, Tucker KL. Greater variety in fruit and vegetable intake is associated with lower inflammation in Puerto Rican adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011;93:37-46. PMCID: PMC3001597 (Link to PubMed)
  • See Publications 2005 - 2010.

Our previous Massachusetts Hispanic Elders Study (MAHES) study

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