Brain "switch" that regulates energy expenditure and fat production uncovered

September 19, 2017

The majority of research around obesity has examined the way the body alternates production of its two major fat cells – white and brown. The production of these fat cells, called adipocytes, are directed by signals from the brain, with white fat cells produced to store energy, while brown fat cells are produced to expend energy. 

 

Research has shown these adipocytes are dynamic and can change from brown to white depending on direction from the brain. The team from Monash discovered in 2015 how the body executed this fat cell change, but the underlying mechanism that controlled the process was still a mystery. Read More>>

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