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Anti-Obesity Effect of Carotenoids: Direct Impact on Adipose Tissue and Adipose Tissue-Driven Indirect Effects

Aix Marseille Univ, INSERM, INRA, C2VN, 13385 Marseille, France
CriBioM, criblage biologique Marseille, faculté de Médecine de la Timone, 13256 Marseille, France
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Nutrients 2019, 11(7), 1562;
Received: 29 May 2019 / Revised: 5 July 2019 / Accepted: 7 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carotenoids and Human Health)
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This review summarizes current knowledge on the biological relevance of carotenoids and some of their metabolites in obesity management. The relationship between carotenoids and obesity is considered in clinical studies and in preclinical studies. Adipose tissue is a key organ in obesity etiology and the main storage site for carotenoids. We thus first describe carotenoid metabolism in adipocyte and adipose tissue and the effects of carotenoids on biological processes in adipose tissue that may be linked to obesity management in in vitro and preclinical studies. It is also now well established that the brain is strongly involved in obesity processes. A section is accordingly devoted to the potential effect of carotenoids on obesity via their direct and/or adipose tissue-driven indirect biological effects on the brain. View Full-Text
Keywords: adipocytes; adipose tissue; brain; carotenoids; obesity adipocytes; adipose tissue; brain; carotenoids; obesity

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Mounien, L.; Tourniaire, F.; Landrier, J.-F. Anti-Obesity Effect of Carotenoids: Direct Impact on Adipose Tissue and Adipose Tissue-Driven Indirect Effects. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1562.

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