Inflamed Adipose Tissue: A Culprit Underlying the Metabolic Syndrome and Atherosclerosis

B. Gustafson, A. Hammarstedt, C. X. Andersson, U. Smith
2007 Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology  
The metabolic syndrome is associated with a dysregulated adipose tissue; in part a consequence of adipose cell enlargement and the associated infiltration of macrophages. Adipose cell enlargement leads to a proinflammatory state in the cells with reduced secretion of adiponectin and with increased secretion of several cytokines and chemokines including interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and MCP-1. MCP-1 has been shown to play an important role for the associated recruitment of macrophages into the
more » ... e tissue. The increased release of cytokines leads to an impaired differentiation of the preadipocytes with reduced lipid accumulation and induction of adiponectin, thus promoting ectopic lipid storage. In particular tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ␣, but also IL-6, has been shown to induce these effects in preadipocytes and this is associated with an increased Wnt signaling maintaining the cells in an undifferentiated and proinflammatory state. The proinflammatory state in the adipose tissue also leads to a local insulin resistance including an impaired inhibitory effect of insulin on FFA release. The insulin resistance further supports the proinflammatory state because insulin, by itself, is both antilipolytic and antiinflammatory by antagonizing cytokine-induced activation of STAT signaling.
doi:10.1161/atvbaha.107.147835 pmid:17823366 fatcat:np4ngzak5rb35fvxz4rchkjpzm