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The results of collaborative research conducted by Professor Yukihiko Sugimoto and Assistant Professor Tomoaki Inazumi of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University, Professor Makoto Murakami of the Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, Professor Junji Saruwatari, Professor Yuichi Oike, Professor Emeritus Yutaka Sasaki of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University, and Professor Emeritus Yasuhiro Ogata of the Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Health Care Center.

The key results of research are as follows:

  • Bioactive lipid prostaglandin (PG)E2, produced in adipose tissue, was demonstrated for the first time in the world to promote lipolysis and fibrosis via its receptor EP4 and lead to ectopic fat deposition in the liver, resulting in lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes.
  • The results of this research project should lead to new preventive and treatment methods for lifestyle-related diseases.

This program was implemented with the support of the Advanced Research & Development Programs for Medical Innovation (AMED-CREST) by AMED.

The results were published in the American scientific journal Cell Reports on October 14.



Last updated 10/14/20