Distribution and development of brown adipocytes in the murine and human adipose organ

Cell Metab. 2010 Apr 7;11(4):253-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.03.004.


Murine white and brown adipocytes are found together in dissectible visceral and subcutaneous fat depots supplied by specific vessels and nerves, forming a multi-depot organ with plastic properties. Many of the anatomo-physiological features of murine fat depots apply to humans.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipocytes, Brown / physiology*
  • Adipocytes, Brown / ultrastructure
  • Adipose Tissue / cytology*
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Species Specificity