The complex interplay between lipids, immune system and interleukins in cardio-metabolic diseases

Stella Bernardi, Annalisa Marcuzzi, Elisa Piscianz, Alberto Tommasini, Bruno Fabris

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Lipids and inflammation regulate each other. Early studies on this topic focused on the systemic effects that the acute inflammatory response—and interleukins—had on lipid metabolism. Today, in the era of the obesity epidemic, whose primary complications are cardio-metabolic diseases, attention has moved to the effects that the nutritional environment and lipid derangements have on peripheral tissues, where lipotoxicity leads to organ damage through an imbalance of chronic inflammatory responses. After an overview of the effects that acute inflammation has on the systemic lipid metabolism, this review will describe the lipid-induced immune responses that take place in peripheral tissues and lead to chronic cardio-metabolic diseases. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory effects of lipid lowering drugs, as well as the possibility of using anti-inflammatory agents against cardio-metabolic diseases, will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4058
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 14 2018


  • Cholesterol
  • Free fatty acids
  • Innate immune system
  • Interleukin
  • Lipid
  • Lipotoxicity
  • Triglyceride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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