Reclaiming Warburg: Using developmental biology to gain insight into human metabolic diseases

Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, Jason M. Tennessen

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Developmental biologists have frequently pushed the frontiers of modern biomedical research. From the discovery and characterization of novel signal transduction pathways to exploring the molecular underpinnings of genetic inheritance, transcription, the cell cycle, cell death and stem cell biology, studies of metazoan development have historically opened new fields of study and consistently revealed previously unforeseen avenues of clinical therapies. From this perspective, it is not surprising that our community is now an integral part of the current renaissance in metabolic research. Amidst the global rise in metabolic syndrome, the discovery of novel signaling roles for metabolites, and the increasing links between altered metabolism and many human diseases, we as developmental biologists can contribute skills and expertise that are uniquely suited for investigating the mechanisms underpinning humanmetabolic health and disease. Here, we summarize the opportunities and challenges that our community faces, and discuss how developmental biologists canmake unique and valuable contributions to the field of metabolism and physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberdev189340
JournalDevelopment (Cambridge)
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Drosophila
  • Human disease
  • Inter-organ communication
  • Metabolism
  • Oogenesis
  • Warburg effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology


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