Chapter 4. Adipose Tissue: Development, Anatomy and Functions

  1. Gareth Williams4 and
  2. Gema Frühbeck5
  1. Dominique Langin1,
  2. Gema Frühbeck5,
  3. Keith N. Frayn2 and
  4. Max Lafontan3

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch4

Obesity: Science to Practice

Obesity: Science to Practice

How to Cite

Langin, D., Frühbeck, G., Frayn, K. N. and Lafontan, M. (2009) Adipose Tissue: Development, Anatomy and Functions, in Obesity: Science to Practice (eds G. Williams and G. Frühbeck), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 5

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Dept. of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

  2. 2

    Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford Radcliffe, Infi rmary, Oxford OX2 6HE, UK

  3. 3

    INSERM Unité 317, Institut Louis Bugnard, Faculté de Médecine, Hôpital Rangueil, 31 403 Toulouse Cedex 4, France

  4. 5

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019115

Online ISBN: 9780470712221

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Keywords:

  • adipose tissue – development, anatomy and functions;
  • brown adipose tissue (BAT) – adapted for heat production;
  • adipocytes – derived from mesenchymal stem cells;
  • white adipose tissue – loose connective tissue;
  • lipogenesis;
  • lipolysis;
  • leptin – protein expressed by white adipocytes;
  • bone morphogenetic protein – important in the development of brown adipocytes;
  • pericytes – cells that surround the endothelium tubes of the microvasculature

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Development of white adipose tissue

  • Structure of white adipose tissue

  • Fat storage and mobilization

  • Adipokines

  • Receptors expressed by adipose tissue

  • Brown adipose tissue

  • Adipose tissue development and dynamics

  • References