December, 2008
Volume 14, Issue 12

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Volume 14, Issue 12

On pp. 539–549 of this issue, Miguel López, Antonio Vidal-Puig and coauthors discuss the role of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the control of energy homeostasis. Maintaining energy balance depends on the efficiency of tightly regulated mechanisms of energy intake and expenditure. Recent studies have shown that basic cellular metabolic pathways have a major role in the regulation of whole-body energy homeostasis. Among them, much interest and research has been focused on the AMPK pathway, a master sensor and regulator of energy homeostasis at the cellular level. Recently, this pathway has also been shown to be involved in the regulation of energy levels at the whole-body level; AMPK responds to hormones and nutrient signals in both peripheral tissues and the central nervous system to modulate metabolism, feeding behaviour and energy expenditure. Impairment of AMPK function is associated with metabolic alterations, insulin resistance, obesity, hormonal disorders and cardiovascular disease, and studies of the AMPK pathway and its tissue-specific regulation have the potential to provide new targets for the treatment of a range of metabolic disorders.

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