Adipose Stem Cells: From Liposuction to Adipose Tissue Engineering

  • Kotaro YoshimuraEmail author
  • Hitomi Eto
  • Harunosuke Kato
  • Kentaro Doi
  • Hirotaka Suga


A large volume of adipose tissue can be easily harvested through a well-established cosmetic surgical procedure, liposuction. Mesenchymal adherent stem/progenitor cells, similar to those from bone marrow, can be extracted from liposuction aspirates with a high efficiency and thus adipose tissue is now regarded as a potential source of adult stem/progenitor cells for regenerative medicine. Many features of adipose stem/progenitor cells, such as physiological functions and localization, have been clarified in the past decade. Adipose tissue turns over very slowly and its perivascular progenitor cells differentiate into new adipocytes, replacing dead adipocytes. The progenitor cells also play important roles in any types of adipose-tissue remodeling such as hyperplasia and atrophy of adipose tissue; as well as in incidental remodeling, such as post-injury repair. Therapeutic use of adipose stem/progenitor cells has been shown to promote angiogenesis and adipose-tissue regeneration.


Adipose Tissue Hepatocyte Growth Factor Stromal Vascular Fraction Stromal Vascular Fraction Cell Deep Tissue Injury 
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Adipose stem/progenitor cells


Vascular endothelial cells


Stromal vascular faction


Platelet-derived growth factor


Epidermal growth factor


Transforming growth factor-β


Basic fibroblast growth factor


Vascular endothelial growth factor


Hepatocyte growth factor


Cell-assisted lipotransfer


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kotaro Yoshimura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hitomi Eto
    • 1
  • Harunosuke Kato
    • 1
  • Kentaro Doi
    • 1
  • Hirotaka Suga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryUniversity of Tokyo School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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