Pain receptors linked to the generation of energy-burning fat cells: implications for obesity therapy

A new source of energy expending brown fat cells has been uncovered by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center, which they say points towards potential new therapeutic options for obesity. According to the new report, published in Nature Metabolism >on 12 March 2021, the key lies in the expression of a receptor called Trpv1 (temperature-sensitive ion channel transient receptor potential cation subfamily V member 1) — a protein known to sense noxious stimuli, including pain and temperature.

Study Explores Regulatory Role for White Blood Cells in Recruitment of Brown Fat

Article title: Thermogenic recruitment of brown and brite/beige adipose tissues is not obligatorily associated with macrophage accretion or attrition Authors: Nathalie Boulet, Ineke H.N. Luijten, Barbara Cannon, Jan Nedergaard From the authors: “A regulatory or mediatory role—positive or negative—for macrophages…