Animal models for adipose tissue engineering.

  title={Animal models for adipose tissue engineering.},
  author={Charles Patrick and Rajesh Uthamanthil and Elisabeth Beahm and Cindy Frye},
  journal={Tissue engineering. Part B, Reviews},
  volume={14 2},
There is a critical need for adequate reconstruction of soft tissue defects resulting from tumor resection, trauma, and congenital abnormalities. To be sure, adipose tissue engineering strategies offer promising solutions. However, before clinical translation can occur, efficacy must be proven in animal studies. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of animal models currently employed for adipose tissue engineering.