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Special Issue "Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease/Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease: New Insights 2.0"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Endocrinology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessandro Mantovani
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Guest Editor
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona, Verona, Italy
Interests: NAFLD; diabetes; ceramics; gender disparity in science
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Dr. Andrea Dalbeni
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Guest Editor
Section of General Medicine, Hypertension and Liver Unit, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Interests: liver diseases; NAFLD; metabolic syndrome; cardiovascular complication in liver disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an important health care problem worldwide. It affects 30% of adults in the general population, 70% of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), and all patients with obesity. Importantly, NAFLD is now the second most frequent indication for liver transplantation in the United States. In the last several decades, it has become evident that NAFLD is not only associated with serious liver-related complications, but also with relevant metabolic, cardiovascular, and renal complications. Although the pathogenesis of NAFLD is complex, it was established that NAFLD is strongly linked to insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, and T2DM. Based on this evidence, in 2020, some authors have proposed the change of the terminology from NAFLD to metabolic associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD), as well as an update of the definition of this fatty liver disease. Regardless of terminology used, however, it is clearly evident that NAFLD/MAFLD is a dynamic disease, characterized by many factors that change over time. In this regard, specific phenotypes of NAFLD/MAFLD may be broadly driven by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, or metabolic factors.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences will focus on recent developments in the area of NAFLD/MAFLD pathogenesis and treatment, as well as new insights into the mechanisms and therapies for NAFLD/MAFLD. It will cover a selection of recent research topics and current review articles in the field of NAFLD/MAFLD. Experimental papers, up-to-date review articles, and commentaries are all welcome.

Dr. Alessandro Mantovani
Dr. Andrea Dalbeni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • metabolic associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD)
  • nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • fatty liver
  • cardiovascular disease

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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