HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Joslin Diabetes Center scientists find 'brown fat cells' hold clues for possible obesity treatments

BOSTON -- Joslin Diabetes Center scientists have discovered a group of genes that govern the genesis of calorie-burning fat cells. This discovery may lead to novel ways to treat obesity in humans.

"With obesity at epidemic levels, finding new ways to treat it is one of medicine's holy grails," said C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., President of Joslin Diabetes Center, the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and principal investigator of the study that appears in the June edition of the journal Nature Cell Biology. In laboratory studies of mouse cells, his research team identified genes that govern how precursor cells give rise to mature brown fat cells.

There are two main types of fat cells in the body -- white and brown. White fat cells are the "conventional" form of fat that we all recognize. They are designed to store energy for use in times of need. Chocked full of lipid droplets, these big cells accumulate under the skin and around internal organs.

By contrast, the main role of brown fat cells is to burn energy and generate heat. They contain small lipid droplets tucked between tiny energy factories called mitochondria. In mice, brown fat cells are found throughout the body and are present during the entire life cycle. In humans, they are principally found in the neck area of newborns, helping their tiny bodies generate heat. Brown fat cells largely disappear by adulthood, but their precursors still remain in the body, lodged in white-fat depots.

Because brown fat cells burn calories, Joslin scientists theorized that finding ways to encourage the development of brown fat might be good for treating obesity. In previous research, the scientists were among the first to develop cell lines of precursor cells that give rise to brown fat cells. "We used those cell lines to study how insulin affects the conversion of fat precursors, or preadipocytes, into mature brown adipocytes," said Yu-Hu
'"/>

Contact: Marjorie Dwyer
marjorie.dwyer@joslin.harvard.edu
617-732-2415
Joslin Diabetes Center
25-May-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Joslin study indicates insulin receptors play a critical role in promoting islet growth
2. Joslin researchers discover a surprising culprit in the search for causes of diabetic birth defects
3. Joslin study reveals how a specific fat type can protect against weight gain and diabetes
4. Joslin discovers protein that causes blood vessel leakage and swelling with diabetic retinopathy
5. Joslin-led study uncovers role of appetite hormone MCH in insulin production
6. Joslin Diabetes Center study examines insulin pump therapy in adolescents
7. Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston establishes first affiliate in Canada
8. Walgreens and Joslin Diabetes Center form broad alliance to improve diabetes outcomes
9. Joslin awards Victory Medal to New York man living 75 years with type 1 diabetes
10. Joslins new book demystifies nutrition and meal planning for people with diabetes
11. Joslin study refutes recent report that bone marrow can replenish female oocytes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/2/2016)... 1, 2016   SoftServe , a global ... , an electrocardiogram (ECG) biosensor analysis system for ... IoT asset. The smart system ensures device-to-device communication ... wheel and mobile devices to easily ,recognize, and ... As vehicle technology advances, so too must the ...
(Date:11/29/2016)... , November 29, 2016 Nearly one billion matches ... Reading ... DERMALOG ... of an efficient Identity Management. (PRNewsFoto/DERMALOG Identification Systems) ... DERMALOG is Germany's largest Multi-Biometric supplier: The company's ...
(Date:11/21/2016)... 2016   Neurotechnology , a provider of ... announced that the MegaMatcher On Card fingerprint matching ... the NIST Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III ... steps of the evaluation protocol. ... of fingerprint templates used to establish compliance of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... to their offering. ... , , An ... is anticipated. Nanotechnology will be applied at all stages of ... applications in clinical trials. Many of the assays based on ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2016 , ... ... Computational Science Symposium (CSS) and the popularity of US Single Day Events (SDE) ... place in early Summer 2018, in Raleigh, NC. Topics of the pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... biotechnology companies dedicated to collaboratively developing improved chemistry, manufacturing and control technologies ... portable online UHPLC, with robust, probe-based sampling. , Online liquid chromatography ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease ... Kenya,s Pharmaceutical Association members. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) ... ... , , ... Kenya Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) to introduce the INSTI HIV Self Test to 350 pharmacy ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: