Today we know that white and brown adipocytes share many metabolic and molecular pathways, although their physiological function, i.e., energy storage and energy dissipation, respectively, are quite opposite for WAT (white adipose tissue) and BAT (brown adipose tissue). The authors in this book provide a comprehensive volume covering the whole range of topics of adipose biology from morphology to function, development to physiological and molecular regulation and heterogeneity. Their aim is specifically to tie together most recent findings on molecular mechanisms of adipocyte development and gene expression with the most important histological, physiological, and metabolic characteristics of the different adipose tissues.
Table of Contents
1. Overview: Biological Significance of Fat and Adipose Tissues 2. Morphology of the Adipose Organ 3. Development of White Adipose Tissue and Adipocyte Differentiation 4. Brown Adipose Tissue: Thermogenic Function and Its Physiological Regulation 5. Brown Adipocyte Differentiation and Function in Energy Metabolism 6. Central Nervous System Innervation of Brown Adipose Tissue 7. Central Nervous System Innervation of White Adipose Tissue 8. Heterogeneity of Adipose Tissue Metabolism 9. White Adipose Tissue as a Secretory and Endocrine Organ: Leptin and Other Secreted Proteins 10. Adipose Tissue Pathology in Human Obesity