Adipose Tissue: Ability to Respond to Nerve Stimulation in vitro

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Science  26 Apr 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3565, pp. 387-388
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3565.387


Electrical stimulation of nerves to isolated rat and rabbit adipose tissue in vitro causes production of free fatty acids. Starvation increases the response. The response of white (epididymal) fat is prevented by sympathetic denervation. Direct evidence is provided showing that adipose tissue has the capacity to be an effector organ responsive to the nervous system.