Metabolites (2021-05-01)

Role of Steroid Hormones in the Pathogenesis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

  • Meng Yang,
  • Feng Ma,
  • Min Guan

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 11, no. 320
p. 320


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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease and may progress to cirrhosis or even hepatocellular carcinoma. A number of steroid hormones are important regulators of lipid homeostasis through fine tuning the expression of genes related to lipid synthesis, export, and metabolism. Dysregulation of such pathways has been implicated in the pathogenesis of NAFLD. The aim of this review is to clarify the potential impact of steroid hormones on NAFLD. We also highlight potential interventions through modulating steroid hormone levels or the activities of their cognate receptors as therapeutic strategies for preventing NAFLD.