Immunity as a link between obesity and insulin resistance

Nishan S. Kalupahana, Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Kate J. Claycombe

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Obesity is a major public health problem in the United States and worldwide. Further, obesity is causally linked to the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes (T2D). A chronic low-grade inflammation occurring in adipose tissue is at least in part responsible for the obesity-induced insulin resistance. This adipose tissue inflammation is characterized by changes in immune cell populations giving rise to altered adipo/cytokine profiles, which in turn induces skeletal muscle and hepatic insulin resistance. Detailed molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance, adipose tissue inflammation and the implications of these findings on therapeutic strategies are discussed in this review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Aspects of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Adipose tissue inflammation
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Type-2 diabetes


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