Title

Emerging roles of JAK-STAT signaling pathways in adipocytes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2011

Abstract

Twenty years ago, adipocytes were largely considered to be inert energy-storage depots. We now know that fat cells are highly insulin-sensitive with significant endocrine functions. Alterations in adipocyte development or function can contribute to metabolic disease, in particular type 2 diabetes. The current obesity epidemic that plagues many nations provides a strong rationale for understanding basic adipocyte biology. The JAK-STAT signaling pathway mediates the action of a variety of hormones that have profound effects on adipocyte development and function. In addition, adipocytes secrete hormones that utilize this signaling pathway. This review summarizes research on the expression and function of JAKs and STATs in adipocytes and highlights the roles of JAK-STAT-activating cytokines in adipose tissue. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

First Page

325

Last Page

332

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