This editorial refers to ‘Omentin attenuates atherosclerotic lesion formation in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice’, by M. Hiramatsu-Ito et al., pp. 107–117.

This editorial refers to ‘Counteractive effects of omentin-1 against atherogenesis’, by K. Watanabe et al., pp. 118–128.

It has been clearly established that adipocytes are not merely involved in energy storage, but function as an endocrine organ involved in different metabolic and inflammatory responses. For this reason, the role of adipose tissue in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases has gained increasing interest. In mammals, two types of adipose tissue can be distinguished, white and brown fat. Brown fat is more abundant in newborns and is relevant for the generation of heat. Two different types of white adipose tissue can be distinguished, subcutaneous and visceral fat, of which the...

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