Adipose-derived stem cells: Isolation, characterization, and differentiation potential

Shyh Jer Huang, Ru Huei Fu, Woei Cherng Shyu, Shih Ping Liu, Gwo Ping Jong, Yung Wei Chiu, Hsiao Su Wu, Yung An Tsou, Chao Wen Cheng, Shinn Zong Lin

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In mammals, the two main types of adipose tissues, white and brown adipose tissues, exert different physiological functions. White adipose tissue (WAT) is for storing energy, while brown adipose tissue (BAT) is for energy consumption. Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are abundant in WAT and BAT, have multipotent characteristics, and are easily extracted. ADSCs can be differentiated into several cell lineages, including adipocytes, osteoblasts, chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes, and neuronal cells. Therefore, ADSC could be considered as a strategy for future regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-709
Number of pages9
JournalCell Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCS)
  • Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCS)
  • CD marker
  • Stromal vascular fraction (SVF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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