Int J Biol Sci 2010; 6(7):691-699. doi:10.7150/ijbs.6.691
Lipid metabolism, adipocyte depot physiology and utilization of meat animals as experimental models for metabolic research
1. Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
Meat animals are unique as experimental models for both lipid metabolism and adipocyte studies because of their direct economic value for animal production. This paper discusses the principles that regulate adipogenesis in major meat animals (beef cattle, dairy cattle, and pigs), the definition of adipose depot-specific regulation of lipid metabolism or adipogenesis, and introduces the potential value of these animals as models for metabolic research including mammary biology and the ontogeny of fatty livers.
Keywords: Meat animals, lipid metabolism, adipose depots, adipocytes, adipogenesis
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Dodson MV, Hausman GJ, Guan L, Du M, Rasmussen TP, Poulos SP, Mir P, Bergen WG, Fernyhough ME, McFarland DC, Rhoads RP, Soret B, Reecy JM, Velleman SG, Jiang Z. Lipid metabolism, adipocyte depot physiology and utilization of meat animals as experimental models for metabolic research. Int J Biol Sci 2010; 6(7):691-699. doi:10.7150/ijbs.6.691. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v06p0691.htm