Lipotoxicity in NASH

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That’s a very important concept because lipotoxicity is a driver of steatosis and triglyceride accumulation that later on are going to lead to some toxic metabolites that are going to promote inflammation and presumably fibrosis, so insulin resistance and adipose tissue is extremely important as is the target of treatment because when the adipose tissue is insulin resistant, it will release fatty acids into a circulation and those fatty acids have to go to other tissues to be metabolized.Now these other tissues like the liver or muscle are not used to this high influx of fatty acids. So it causes dysfunction of these cells and in the case of the parasitic inflammatory response at least in simplistic terms. 

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So treatments that will reverse this process like life intervention or at PPAR (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor) gamma are going to have a huge impact on steatosis and many times on inflammation or fibrosis.

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Prof. Kenneth Cusi

Prof. Kenneth Cusi

Dr. Cusi is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The University of Florida at Gainesville (2011-present). He is also a faculty and researcher at the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Division at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at...

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