Cellular Growth: Adipose Tissue

  • C. G. D. Brook


There are two very distinct types of fat in the human, which have been named brown fat and white fat because of their gross macroscopic appearance. Brown fat has a primarily thermogenetic role and is active in humans in the early neonatal period. Although in other mammals it retains its function into later life and is used in times of hibernation, it is probable that after early infancy it has no further function in the human. White adipose tissue has a multiplicity of functions; as an organ containing triglyceride it is the major store of energy for the body, but it also has functions of insulation, of protection, and, in the different sixes, of considerable attraction. The biochemistry and nervous control of lipogenesis and lipolysis are similar in white and brown fat, the differences being more in terms of quantity than quality. Later discussion will emphasize a few of the structural differences which enable these differences to be achieved.


Adipose Tissue Growth Hormone Obese Child Brown Adipose Tissue White Adipose Tissue 
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  • C. G. D. Brook
    • 1
  1. 1.The Middlesex HospitalLondonEngland

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