Adipose tissue: from lipid storage compartment to endocrine organ.

  title={Adipose tissue: from lipid storage compartment to endocrine organ.},
  author={Phillip E Scherer},
  volume={55 6},
Adipose tissue, when carried around in excessive amounts, predisposes to a large number of diseases. Epidemiological data show that the prevalence of obesity has significantly increased over the past 20 years and continues to do so at an alarming rate. Here, some molecular aspects of the key constituent of adipose tissue, the adipocyte, are reviewed. While the adipocyte has been studied for many years and remarkable insights have been gained about some processes, many areas of the physiology of… CONTINUE READING
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