Seale, P., Kajimura, S. & Spiegelman, B. M. Transcriptional control of brown adipocyte development and physiological function-of mice and men. Genes Dev. 23, 788-797

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Genes & development (Impact Factor: 10.8). 05/2009; 23(7):788-97. DOI: 10.1101/gad.1779209
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The last several years have seen an explosion of information relating to the transcriptional control of brown fat cell development. At the same time, new data have emerged that clearly demonstrate that adult humans do indeed have substantial amounts of functioning brown adipose tissue (BAT). Together, these advances are stimulating a reassessment of the role of brown adipose tissue in human physiology and pathophysiology. These data have also opened up exciting new opportunities for the development of entirely novel classes of therapeutics for metabolic diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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    • "In rodents and newborn humans, white and brown adipose tissue (WAT and BAT, respectively) represent two distinct types of adipose tissue with different morphologies and functions (Cinti 2012). Whereas WAT is deputed to store energy in the form of triglycerides, the BAT function is to burn fat and convert chemical energy into heat for thermogenesis (Seale et al. 2009, Cinti 2012). "
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    • "It appears as discrete brown fat depots during foetal development and as diffuse populations in traditional white fat depots during post-natal development , which can be induced by adrenergic stimulation (Frontini and Cinti, 2010). Recently, the transcriptional control and development of BAT have attracted substantial interest (Seale et al., 2009). However, it remains unknown whether BAT can play a role in combating obesity. "

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