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n-3 PUFA and lipotoxicity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19781663     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Excess lipid accumulation in nonadipose tissues may occur in the setting of high levels of plasma free fatty acids or triglycerides (TGs) in a process called "lipotoxicity". Evidence from human studies and animal models suggests that lipid accumulation in the heart, skeletal muscle, pancreas, and liver play an important role in the pathogenesis of heart failure, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). During the past few years, several studies have shown that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have potentially cardioprotective effects, especially in high-risk patients with dyslipidemia, and might therefore be expected to be of benefit in T2DM. Moreover, new information has demonstrated the beneficial effects of consuming n-3 PUFA in preventing the complications of lipotoxicity. n-3 PUFA dietary intake thus had positive effects on fatty liver in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), with an improvement in liver echotexture and a significant regression of hepatic brightness, associated with improved liver hemodynamics. The n-3 PUFA also had beneficial effects on ectopic fat accumulation inside the heart, with stabilization of cardiac myocytes and antiarrhythmic effects. On the other hand, recent data from animal models suggest that oral dosing of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could contribute to protect against beta-cell lipotoxicity. This review discusses the latest hypotheses regarding lipotoxicity, concentrating on the impact of the n-3 PUFA that contribute to ectopic lipid storage, affecting organ function. Further human studies are needed to test the evidence and elucidate the mechanisms involved in this process.
Pablo Perez-Martinez; Francisco Perez-Jimenez; Jose Lopez-Miranda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-09-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochimica et biophysica acta     Volume:  1801     ISSN:  0006-3002     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochim. Biophys. Acta     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-22     Completed Date:  2010-05-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217513     Medline TA:  Biochim Biophys Acta     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  362-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Lipids and Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Instituto Maimonides de Investigacion Biomedica (IMIBIC), Reina Sofia University Hospital, University of Cordoba, Ciber Fisiopatologia Obesidad y Nutricion (CB06/03) Instituto Salud Carlos III, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / metabolism*
Fatty Liver / metabolism
Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism
Lipid Metabolism*
Lipid Metabolism Disorders / metabolism*
Myocytes, Cardiac / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids, Omega-3

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