Diseased hepatocytes accumulate lipid droplets

After a meal, rich in lipids (see image), the lipids enter the blood vessels, then delivered to the liver and enter the hepatocytes. In hepatocytes they are converted and stay there in form of lipid droplets until lipids are needed.

If our lipid consumption is too high (see that e.g. olive oil is in this risk group), then hepatocytes can accumulate too high levels of lipid droplets which can lead to diseases of the liver (fatty liver) or diseases of other organs.

  • Author: Iryna Ilkavets

  • Image: Jill Zander and Iryna Ilkavets

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