Hypothalamic inflam­mation and somatic dis­eases

Authors: B. Mravec;  A. S. Černáčková
Authors‘ workplace: Fyziologický ústav, LF UK v Bratislave ;  Biomedicínske centrum SAV, Ústav experimentálnej endokrinológie, Slovenská akadémia vied, Bratislava
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2018; 81(3): 278-283
Category: Review Article
doi: 10.14735/amcsnn2018278

Tato práca bola podporená grantom VEGA 2/ 0028/ 16 a grantom EÚ z programu cezhraničnej spolupráce Inter­reg V-A SK-AT V014 –  NutriAging.


The hypothalamus represents a key structure involved in maintenance of homeostasis. Several factors, such as long-term increases in plasma levels of saturated fatty acids or pro-inflammatory cytokines, can induce hypothalamic inflammation. Hypothalamic inflammation disrupts homeostatic regulations and may contribute to the development of somatic diseases or may have a negative effect on the course of already existing somatic diseases. Hypothalamic inflammation plays a role in the etiopathogenesis of obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cachexia. Understanding the causes and mechanisms involved in the development of hypothalamic inflammation allows for a more comprehensive view of the etiopathogenesis of somatic diseases and thus creates a basis for the introduction of new approaches in their treatment.

cytokines – diabetes mellitus – hypertension – hypothalamus – cachexia – obesity – ageing – stress – inflammation

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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