White adipose tissue as endocrine organ and its role in obesity.

@article{VzquezVela2008WhiteAT,
  title={White adipose tissue as endocrine organ and its role in obesity.},
  author={Maria Eugenia Frigolet V{\'a}zquez-Vela and Nimbe Torres and Armando R. Tovar},
  journal={Archives of medical research},
  year={2008},
  volume={39 8},
  pages={715-28}
}
Due to the public health problem represented by obesity, the study of adipose tissue, particularly of the adipocyte, is central to the understanding of metabolic abnormalities associated with the development of obesity. The concept of adipocyte as endocrine and functional cell is not totally understood and can be currently defined as the capacity of the adipocyte to sense, manage, and send signals to maintain energy equilibrium in the body. Adipocyte functionality is lost during obesity and has… CONTINUE READING

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