Does central obesity reflect "Cushing's disease of the omentum"?
- Published Article
Lancet (London, England)
- Publication Date
Apr 26, 1997
Adipose stromal cells from omental fat, but not subcutaneous fat, can generate active cortisol from inactive cortisone through the expression of 11 beta-HSD1. The expression of this enzyme is increased further after exposure to cortisol and insulin. In vivo, such a mechanism would ensure a constant exposure of glucocorticoid specifically to omental adipose tissue, suggesting that central obesity may reflect "Cushing's disease of the omentum".
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