Adipokines

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The adipokines or adipocytokines are a group of cytokines secreted by adipose (or fat) tissue that act on the immune system.

Members include: chemerin, interleukin-6 (IL-6), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFa) and visfatin
Adipokines have roles in modifying appetite, insulin resistance and atherosclerosis and are the subjects of obesity research.

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References 
MacDougald, Ormond A. and Burant, Charles F. (September 2007) "The Rapidly Expanding Family of Adipokines" Cell Metabolism 6: pp. 159-161. Monzillo, Lais U. (2003) "Effect of Lifestyle Modification on Adipokine Levels in Obese Subjects with Insulin Resistance" Obesity Research 11(9): pp. 1048-1054. Matsuzawa, Yuji; Funahashi, Tohru and Nakamura, Tadashi (1999) "Molecular Mechanism of Metabolic Syndrome X: Contribution of Adipocytokines - Adipocyte-derived Bioactive Substances" Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 892: pp. 146-54 Abstract. Funahashi, T. et al. (1999) "Role of adipocytokines on the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis in visceral obesity" Internal Medicine (Japan) 38: pp. 202-206 Abstract

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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