Adipocyte differentiation: a transcriptional regulatory cascade

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1996 Dec;8(6):826-32. doi: 10.1016/s0955-0674(96)80084-6.


The adipose cell is now known to play a complex role in energy homeostasis, energy storage and signaling to other tissues concerning the state of energy balance. The past few years have seen an explosive increase in our knowledge of the transcriptional basis of adipocyte differentiation. Factors such as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, the CCAAT/enhancer binding protein family members, and adipocyte determination- and differentiation-dependent factor 1 play important regulatory roles in this process. Furthermore, these factors provide a focus for beginning to understand how various hormones and metabolites influence the development of adipose tissue in vivo.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipocytes / cytology*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation / physiology
  • Transcription, Genetic / physiology*