Age and Sex: Impact on adipose tissue metabolism and inflammation

Mita Varghese*, Jianrui Song, Kanakadurga Singer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Age associated chronic inflammation is a major contributor to diseases with advancing age. Adipose tissue function is at the nexus of processes contributing to age-related metabolic disease and mediating longevity. Hormonal fluctuations in aging potentially regulate age-associated visceral adiposity and metabolic dysfunction. Visceral adiposity in aging is linked to aberrant adipogenesis, insulin resistance, lipotoxicity and altered adipokine secretion. Age-related inflammatory phenomena depict sex differences in macrophage polarization, changes in T and B cell numbers, and types of dendritic cells. Sex differences are also observed in adipose tissue remodeling and cellular senescence suggesting a role for sex steroid hormones in the regulation of the adipose tissue microenvironment. It is crucial to investigate sex differences in aging clinical outcomes to identify and better understand physiology in at-risk individuals. Early interventions aimed at targets involved in adipose tissue adipogenesis, remodeling and inflammation in aging could facilitate a profound impact on health span and overcome age-related functional decline.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111563
JournalMechanisms of Ageing and Development
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Adipose tissue
  • Adipose tissue inflammation
  • Aging
  • Macrophages
  • Metabolism
  • Sex differences


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