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Nature Medicine

The immunology of obesity


最初の3つの報告は、西村智、M Dosch、D Mathisの各グループのもので、それぞれが独自に、肥満マウスにみられるインスリン抵抗性などの代謝障害に、異なったT細胞集団の存在が関係することを発見した。4つ目の報告はG-P Shiのグループのもので、マスト細胞(アレルギー反応に広くかかわる免疫細胞)が、肥満に関連した炎症反応にも同様にかかわることを明らかにした。


The potential mechanism by which chronic, mild inflammation of fat tissue in obese patients promotes the onset of diabetes, is reported in a series of studies published online in this week's Nature Medicine.

In the first three studies, Satoshi Nishimura, Michael Dosch, Diane Mathis and their colleagues independently found that the presence of different populations of T cells is associated with insulin resistance as well as other metabolic disturbances seen in obese mice. In the fourth paper, Guo-Ping Shi and his colleagues established that mast cells ― immune cells commonly involved in allergic responses ― are similarly involved in obesity-related inflammatory responses.

Crucially, the four studies present evidence that targeting each of these different populations of immune cells reversed or prevented the metabolic dysfunction of the obese mice. These results raise the possibility of eventually treating metabolic disease with immunotherapy.

doi: 10.1038/nm.1964


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