Well, there is research going on in this area, but I don’t know if or when it might be relevant to the general public…
The following summary discusses the role TNF-alpha plays in modulating adipocytes including induction of apoptosis (in humans).
Here’s a summary which talks in general about cytokines, including TNF-alpha and their role in adipose regulation (again, primarily in humans).
So, theoretically, I’d say that adipocytes can die off, but that they don’t seem to do so very often under normal circumstances. Can we safely encourage them to do so? Maybe via something that is topically administered on areas with subcutaneous fat pads? I have no idea as of yet.
This is a job for someone with a much bigger brainpan than I.[/quote]
I skimmed through much of that, but apoptosis through the targeting of the tumor necrosis factor has not yet been specified to individual cells even though I believe they are very close as far as cancer research. What I mean is, technology like this would be targeted at CANCER long before it is used to get rid of fat cells. It may happen in the future given the advancements of science in that area, but as of now, you can’t go to the doctor and get your fat cells targeted to die off.