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Adipose tissue fatty acid metabolism and cardiovascular disease.
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PMID:  15990589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fatty acid and triacylglycerol metabolism in adipose tissue may be involved in the generation of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Pharmaceutical companies are targeting adipocyte metabolism in their search for drugs for treating, or reducing the risk of, these conditions. We review new developments in adipose tissue fatty acid metabolism and how that might relate to cardiovascular disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Fatty acid release from human adipose tissue is oscillatory, with a period of about 12 min. Remarkably, oscillatory fatty acid release is also seen in isolated adipocytes. Further evidence has emerged that not all adipose depots are equal, and that lower-body adipose tissue may exert protective effects against cardiovascular disease. There have been a number of developments in the area of fatty acid handling by adipocytes. Fatty acid binding proteins are clearly important in regulating fatty acid metabolism, with striking protection against atherosclerosis in mice deficient in both the binding proteins expressed in adipocytes. The demonstration that adipocytes lacking hormone-sensitive lipase still display lipolysis has led to the identification of novel lipases that may play crucial roles in adipose tissue fatty acid metabolism. Further evidence has accrued of the interaction between hormone-sensitive lipase and perilipin, the protein that coats the adipocyte lipid droplet. SUMMARY: Recent developments in our understanding of adipose tissue fatty acid metabolism open up the possibility of new pharmaceutical targets. However, interference with adipose tissue fatty acid metabolism is not to be undertaken lightly and needs a clear understanding of the normal role of adipocyte lipolysis.
Keith N Frayn; Barbara A Fielding; Fredrik Karpe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in lipidology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0957-9672     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Lipidol.     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-01     Completed Date:  2005-10-20     Revised Date:  2007-08-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010000     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Lipidol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  409-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism*
Fatty Acids / metabolism*
Grant Support
//Wellcome Trust
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids

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