Adaptive and maladaptive roles of lipid droplets in health and disease

Jeffrey D. Pressly, Margaret Z. Gurumani, Javier T.Varona Santos, Alessia Fornoni, Sandra Merscher, Hassan Al-Ali

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Advances in the understanding of lipid droplet biology have revealed essential roles for these organelles in mediating proper cellular homeostasis and stress response. Lipid droplets were initially thought to play a passive role in energy storage. However, recent studies demonstrate that they have substantially broader functions, including protection from reactive oxygen species, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and lipotoxicity. Dysregulation of lipid droplet homeostasis is associated with various pathologies spanning neurological, metabolic, cardiovascular, oncological, and renal diseases. This review provides an overview of the current understanding of lipid droplet biology in both health and disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C468-C481
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • cell biology
  • cellular stress
  • lipid droplet
  • lipid dysregulation
  • lipophagy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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