Critical Periods of Human Adipogenesis: The Buccal Fat Pad Model

  • C. M. Poissonnet
  • A. R. Burdi
  • F. L. Bookstein


There is increasing concern for a better clinical understanding of the early emergence and recognition of patterns of fat formation (Committee on Nutrition, 1981. Despite an increasing number of clinical publications on fatness in children, there is no definitive description of the prenatal morphogenesis of human subcutaneous fat. Quantitative data on size and number of fat cells during gestation are also very limited.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. Poissonnet
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. R. Burdi
    • 2
    • 3
  • F. L. Bookstein
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre de Recherches de Biologie du Developpement Foetal et NeonatalHôpital Port-RoyalParisFrance
  2. 2.Center for Human Growth and DevelopmentThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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