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Cell Metab. 2012 Apr 4;15(4):419-20. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2012.03.013.

Is predisposition to NAFLD and obesity communicable?

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  • 1Center for Inflammation, Immunity, and Infection, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA 30303, USA.


A forthcoming article in Nature reveals that inflammasome deficiency disturbs gut microbiota and predisposes to diet-induced obesity and liver disease. The aberrant microbiota and its consequences could be transferred by cohousing mutant and wild-type mice, suggesting that some aspects of metabolic syndrome can be communicable (Henao-Mejia et al., 2012).

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