Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 75, Issue 16, pp 2951–2961 | Cite as

Role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease inflammation

  • Amanda Karolina Soares Silva
  • Christina Alves PeixotoEmail author


Overweight and obesity have been identified as the most important risk factors for many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and lipid disorders, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The metabolic changes associated with obesity are grouped to define metabolic syndrome, which is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in industrialized countries. NAFLD is considered to be the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome and is one of the most prevalent liver diseases worldwide. Inflammation plays an important role in the development of numerous liver diseases, contributing to the progression to more severe stages, such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are binder-activated nuclear receptors that are involved in the transcriptional regulation of lipid metabolism, energy balance, inflammation and atherosclerosis. Three isotypes are known: PPAR-α, PPARδ/β and PPAR-γ. These isotypes play different roles in diverse tissues and cells, including the inflammatory process. In this review, we discuss current knowledge on the role PPARs in the hepatic inflammatory process involved in NAFLD as well as new pharmacological strategies that target PPARs.


NAFLD Inflammation PPARs 



The authors would like to thank the following Brazilian foundations for financial support: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) (CNPq; #301777/2012-8) and CAPES/PNPD Program for Silva AKS post-Doc scholarship.

Author contributions

The two authors contributed equally in the elaboration of the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors who have taken part in this study declared that they do not have anything to disclose regarding funding or conflict of interest with respect to this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of UltrastructureAggeu Magalhães Institute (IAM)RecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Biological Sciences of the Federal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of Science and Technology on Neuroimmunomodulation (INCT-NIM)Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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