Adipose tissue development and metabolism

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Excess body fat is associated with many medical complications and obesity has become a major health problem in the United States and most other industrialized countries. The existence of adipose tissue as a specialized organ reflects the mechanism developed by organisms over time to cope with irregular and unpredictable supplies of nutrients. This ability to store fat was probably a survival feature of Homo sapiens; however, excess body fat has become a major heath problem. This chapter will briefly examine development and metabolic functions of adipose tissue and how these processes are regulated. © 2006 Humana Press Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Collins, S; Bai, Y; Robidoux, J

Published Date

  • December 1, 2006

Book Title

  • Principles of Molecular Medicine

Start / End Page

  • 537 - 539

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781588292025

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-59259-963-9_51

Citation Source

  • Scopus