Table 1

Physiological processes in which adipokines are involveda

Physiological processes

Adipokines involved


Glucose metabolism

Adiponectin, resistin

Lipid metabolism

CETP, retinol-binding protein

Immunity

Adipsin

Inflammation

TNFα, IL-6

Coagulation

PAI-1

Maintaining normal reproduction

Leptin, ghrelin

Pancreatic β-cell function

IL-6, adiponectin, visfatin

Angiogenesis

Leptin, VEGF, HGF

Feeding behaviour

Leptin

Regulation vascular tone

ADRF, leptin, adiponectin


aCETP, cholesteryl ester transfer protein; TNFα, tumor necrosis factor α; IL-6, interleukin 6; PAI-1, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1; VEGF, vascular endothelial growth factor; HGF, hepatocyte growth factor; ADRF, adipocyte-derived relaxing factor.

Maenhaut and Van de Voorde BMC Medicine 2011 9:25   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-25

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