This timely and most comprehensive reference available on the topic covers all the different aspects vital in the fight against the global obesity epidemic. Following a look at adipose tissue development and morphology, the authors go on to examine its metabolic and endocrine functions and its role in disease. The final section deals with comparative and evolutionary aspects of the tissue. The result is an essential resource for cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, biochemists, pharmacologists, and those working in the pharmaceutical industry.
Todd Leff is Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. In 1991 he moved to the Parke-Davis Company where he became the Director of the Transcription Research Group in the Department of Cell biology. In 2002 he joined the faculty at the Wayne State. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research and the American Journal of Physiology. James Granneman is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Granneman's research interests include lipolysis and adrenergic signal transduction in adipose tissues, and he serves on the editorial board of American Journal of Physiology.