The "Skinny" on brown fat, obesity, and bone.

  title={The "Skinny" on brown fat, obesity, and bone.},
  author={Maureen J Devlin},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={156 Suppl 59},
The discovery that metabolically active brown fat is present in humans throughout ontogeny raises new questions about the interactions between thermoregulatory, metabolic, and skeletal homeostasis. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is distinct from white adipose tissue (WAT) for its ability to burn, rather than store, energy. BAT uniquely expresses uncoupling protein-1 (abbreviated as UCP1), which diverts the energy produced by cellular respiration to generate heat. While BAT is found in small mammals… CONTINUE READING
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