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Novel Insights Into Adipose Tissue Biology: Role in Inter-Organ Communication and Metabolic Diseases

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30 August 2024

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Dr. Bianca Vezzani, University of Parma
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Prof. Alessandro Bartolomucci, University of Minnesota Medical School; University of Parma
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Novel Insights Into Adipose Tissue Biology: Role in Inter-Organ Communication and Metabolic Diseases

The adipose tissue is a plastic, dynamic, and heterogeneous tissue involved in various biological processes ranging from energy storage and metabolic homeostasis to host defense and tissue repair. The adipose tissue is an active site of paracrine neuro-adipose-immune communication, being a key node in the bidirectional communication between the brain and the rest of the body, via autonomic nervous system afferent/efferent pathways, endocrine signaling, and inter-organ communication (e.g. via extracellular vesicles). Recent discoveries and technological advances, ranging from whole-body mapping of neurons to single-cell omics, paved the way to investigate a previously unappreciated role for adipocytes and other adipose-resident cells, in regulating systemic metabolism, overall impacting metabolic homeostasis in health, disease, and aging. However, substantial knowledge gaps still exist on the molecular mediators involved in inter-organ communication and their integration by central and autonomic nervous systems.

This Article Collection in Adipocyte aims to provide a platform for the publication of forward-thinking research articles, reviews, and viewpoints that uncover the role of adipose tissue as a communication hub, playing a critical role in endocrine physiology and metabolic diseases.

Manuscripts responsive to this call for papers include studies describing: i) adipocyte, adipose-resident cells, or adipose-innervating neurons function, which use a multi-cell or multi-organ integrative physiology perspective; ii) new technological advancements to identify the secretome of adipocyte, adipose-resident cells, or adipose-innervating neurons; iii) physiological and bioengineering approaches designed to identify mechanisms of inter-organ communication centered on the adipose tissue; iv) changes in adipocyte, adipose-resident cells, or adipose-innervating neurons function, as well as inter-organ communication, occurring during aging; v) studies using artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches to characterize the role of adipocyte, adipose-resident cells, or adipose-innervating neurons in inter-organ communication in health and metabolic diseases are also of interest, provided they make a strong case that their relevance is to model whole organ physiology, rather than single cell signaling.

Manuscripts mainly focused on descriptive omics analyses, single-cell functional profiling, clinical observational studies, or gene-association studies lacking a mechanistic focus, will not receive high priority for inclusion in the Collection. Although vertebrate models and human-based experimental research are preferred, no model organism is excluded a priori. However, studies focused solely on comparative anatomy/physiology are unlikely to receive high priority.

Dr. Bianca Vezzani: European Ph.D. in Molecular biology and development, with postdoctoral experience in an international institute for regenerative medicine. Strong background in mesenchymal stem cells and perivascular environment, adipose tissue biology, and translational research. Ongoing research on developing an efficient model to study the neuroimmunemodulation in adipose tissue. 

Prof. Alessandro Bartolomucci: Completed his pre-doc and postdoctoral training in behavioral neuroscience, psychobiology and metabolism. Recruited to the Univ Minnesota in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure in 2016 and Professor in 2022. He was awarded the 2016-17 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies, the Ancel Keys Biomedical Scholar in Physiology and Metabolism, and is Director of the Physiology Core facility of the Medical School. Since 2023 he also holds a Professorship at the Dept of Medicine of the University of Parma. His laboratory is primarily interested in metabolic physiology, stress physiology and social determinants of health and aging.

Disclosure Statement: Dr. Vezzani and Prof. Bartolomucci declare no conflicts of interest regarding this work.


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