Special Issue "Nutritional Impacts on Adipocyte Metabolism"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Michael E. Symonds
Guest Editor
Academic Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre and Biomedical Research Centre, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
Interests: adipose tissue; nutrition; pregnancy; development; metabolism; obesity; diabetes; climate change
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adipose tissue growth and development has a critical role in regulating whole-body energy metabolism due to its capacity to both produce and store energy, in addition to being a major endocrine organ. White adipose tissue depots can increase by 10–100 fold as a result of prolonged nutrient excess. In contrast, brown fat is only present in small amounts, but has the capacity to generate 300 times more heat per unit mass than other organ in the body. Beige fat is an intermediate type of fat that can be activated in response to prolonged cold exposure, for example. Most studies on adipose tissue rely on quite uniform models in which the divergence of response between depots can often be overlooked. Moreover, animal models often focus on one sex and usually examine excess adiposity in a fixed and constrained environment, which may limit their applicability to the human situation. In contrast, many human studies can contain mixed-sex groups and often look at interventions in healthy and more affluent populations. This Special Issue is therefore seeking original research, reviews, and opinion articles that seek to challenge current orthodoxy. It would also welcome new experimental paradigms together with in silico and bioinformatic approaches. I look forward to your response and to this opportunity to develop a more innovative approach to study the impact of nutrition on adipose tissue metabolism.

Prof. Dr. Michael E. Symonds
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • White adipose tissue
  • Brown adipose tissue
  • Thermal environment
  • Adipose tissue organ
  • Energy metabolism
  • Adipokines
  • Batokines
  • Nutritional excess
  • Visceral adiposity
  • Development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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