Adipose-Derived Stem Cells pp 193-200
Adipogenic Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
The primary physiological function of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) is to differentiate into adipose tissue. It is now possible to isolate, expand, and cryopreserve ASC from adipose depots of many animal species. These ASC can be induced to undergo adipogenic differentiation in vitro by exposure to a cocktail of chemical agents or inductive growth factors. The current chapter describes methods to induce adipogenesis and to quantify this differentiation process in vitro.