Author(s): Blher M
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Abstract Prevention of obesity and therapeutic weight loss interventions have provided only limited long term success. Therefore there is an urgent need to develop novel pharmacological treatment strategies, which target mechanisms underlying positive energy balance, excessive fat accumulation and adverse fat distribution. Adipokines may have potential for future pharmacological treatment strategies of obesity and metabolic diseases, because they are involved in the regulation of appetite and satiety, energy expenditure, endothelial function, blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, adipogenesis, fat distribution and insulin secretion and others. There are important road blocks on the way from an adipokine candidate to the clinical use a therapeutic compound. Such road blocks include an incomplete understanding of the mechanism of action, resistance to a specific adipokine, side effects of the adipokine and others. This review focuses on the potential of selected adipokines as therapeutic tools or targets and discusses important road blocks, which currently prevent their clinical use.
This article was published in Mol Metab
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology