Adipocyte signals in energy balance and digestive diseases

Hoon Jai Chun, Bora Keum, Chang Sub Uhm

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For the regulation of energy balance in various internal organs including gut, pancreas and liver, visceral adipose tissue and brain perform important sensing and signaling roles via neural and endocrine pathway. Among these, adipose tissue has been known as a simple energy-storing organ, which stores excess energy in triglyceride. However, it became apparent that adipocytes have various receptors related to energy homeostasis, and secrete adipocytokines by endocrine, paracrine and autocrine mechanisms. In this review, basic roles of adipocytes in energy homeostasis and the correlation between adipocyte signals and digestive diseases are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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