Hiroki Asano

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There are two types of brown adipocytes: classical brown adipocytes that form the brown fat depots and beige adipocytes that emerge in the white fat depots. Beige adipocytes have a low level of uncoupling protein 1 (Ucp1) expression in the basal state, but Ucp1 expression is increased in response to β adrenergic receptor activation. The present study(More)
We investigated the palatability of a low concentration of linoleic acid (LA) in short-term two-bottle choice tests and licking tests. To examine the contribution of gustation, mice were rendered anosmic with olfactory nerve transection surgery and test solutions were prepared using mineral oil (saturated long-chain hydrocarbon) to minimize textural(More)
We recently reported that G-protein-coupled receptor 120 (GPR120) is expressed on taste buds, and that rodents showed preference for long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) at a low concentration. We also showed that the LCFA (1% linoleic acid) increased the extracellular dopamine (DA) level in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), which participates in reward behavior.(More)
Dietary oils such as corn oil, olive oil, and canola oil, which primarily contain triacylglycerol and small quantities of fatty acids, are highly palatable to animals. In a previous study, we examined the short-term (60 s) licking behavior of mice and observed that they exhibited a high licking response to a low concentration of fatty acid (linoleic acid),(More)
We previously reported the presence of brown/beige adipocytes in the white fat depots of mature cattle. The present study examined the effects of dietary vitamin A on the expression of brown/beige adipocyte-related genes in the white fat depots of fattening cattle. No significant differences were observed in the expression of Ucp1 between vitamin(More)
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