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Molecular “doormen” open the way to potential obesity treatment

January 13, 2020

Fat cells are filled with droplets coated by molecules that act like hotel doormen: These “doormen” control cellular…
‘Tiny fat bubbles’ can boost immunity, calm disease

September 16, 2019

People living with inflammatory autoimmune disease could benefit from an ‘immune system reboot’, and researchers have isolated specific…
Study: Fat Cells Play Key Role in Dangerous Transformation of Melanoma

July 24, 2019

Researchers at Tel Aviv University, led by Prof. Carmit Levy and Dr. Tamar Golan of the Department of Human Genetics and Biochemistry at TAU’s Sackler…
Bad fat to good fat

September 13, 2018

Purdue-based startup developing technology aimed at helping treat obesity, diabetes. Imagine being able to turn bad fat into…
Enduring cold temperatures alters fat cell epigenetics

May 7, 2018

A new study in fat cells has revealed a molecular mechanism that controls how lifestyle choices and the…
Watch fat cells help heal a wound in a fly

February 28, 2018

The cells, which were previously thought to be immobile, propel themselves forward toward wounds with a wormlike wave…
Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

November 22, 2017

New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has determined how a common holiday spice—cinnamon—might be…
Researchers Rethink How ‘Beige’ Fat Cells Burn Calories

November 14, 2017

It has been known for decades that low temperatures can trigger specialized fat cells to burn energy to…
Tiny Cellular Antennae Key to Fat Formation in Muscle

July 17, 2017

Like it or not, as we age, our muscle cells are slowly exchanged, one by one, for fat…
90 genes in fat cells may contribute to dangerous diseases

March 7, 2017

A sweeping international effort is connecting the dots between genes in our fat cells and our risk for…
Signals from Fat

February 28, 2017

Fat cells are not simply big blobs of lipid quietly standing by in the body—instead, they send out…
Fat cells that amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar metabolism

October 4, 2016

When exposed to cold, clusters of cells within the body’s white fat become beige – a color change…
Calorie-Burning ‘Good’ Fat Can Be Protected, Says Study

August 27, 2016

UC San Francisco researchers studying beige fat – a calorie-burning tissue that can help to ward off obesity…
Copper essential for burning fat, researchers find

June 13, 2016

Is copper deficiency contributing to the obesity epidemic? Though small amounts of copper are essential to health –…
PTSD linked to low levels of fat hormone

May 19, 2016

Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relive past traumas again and again, bound in a virtual prison of…
Targeting fat-tissue hormone may lead to type 2 diabetes treatment

December 28, 2015

A new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues describes the pre-clinical…
Blocking fat transport linked to longevity

December 22, 2015

Animals from tiny worms to human beings have a love-hate relationship with fats and lipids. Cholesterol is a…
‘Smart fat cells’ cross blood-brain barrier to catch early brain tumors

December 18, 2015

An MRI contrast agent that can pass through the blood-brain barrier will allow doctors to detect deadly brain…
Identification of novel chromatin domains regulating fat cells

November 25, 2015

A University of Tokyo research group has revealed that novel chromatin domains repress the action of genes involved…
Stored fat fights against the body’s attempts to lose weight

November 24, 2015

The fatter we are, the more our body appears to produce a protein that inhibits our ability to…
New Findings on Fat Cell Metabolism Could Lead to New Approaches for Treating Diabetes and Obesity

November 17, 2015

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego report new insights into what nutrients fat cells metabolize to…
Cell stress response and fat and obesity gene linked

October 30, 2015

In one fell swoop, Cornell researchers have discovered mechanisms that control the function of a fat and obesity…
Choose replacements carefully when cutting saturated fats

August 19, 2015

When cutting saturated fats from your diet, carefully consider what you will eat instead. That’s the advice from…
Scientists discover possible ‘obesity gene’

August 11, 2015

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a gene that could be an important cause of…
New fat cells created quickly, but losing them …

March 4, 2015

Once fat cells form, they might shrink during weight loss, but they do not disappear, a fact that…
How Fat Breakdown – Yes, Breakdown! – Contributes to Insulin Resistance

March 3, 2015

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has shed light on how chronic stress and…
Bone marrow fat tissue secretes hormone that helps body stay healthy

July 3, 2014

Researchers find that with calorie restriction, a less-studied fat tissue releases adiponectin, which is linked to reduced risk…
Immune system molecules may promote weight loss

June 6, 2014

The calorie-burning triggered by cold temperatures can be achieved biochemically – without the chill – raising hopes for…
Gene behind unhealthy adipose tissue identified

May 24, 2014

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have for the first time identified a gene driving the development of…
Lack of seipin in testes could cause male infertility

May 2, 2014

Stage-specific expression of seipin in human and murine testis. Credit: (c) PNAS, 2014. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1324025111 Jiahao Sha and his…
Human fat: A trojan horse to fight brain cancer?

May 1, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers use stem cells derived from human body fat to deliver treatment for deadly glioblastoma in…
Calorie Balance Sheet: Spend or Save

April 10, 2014

Researchers identify protein in fat and liver cells that can be altered to increase energy expenditure. By manipulating…
Beige Fat Cells: Key to a Healthier Fat

January 18, 2014

Study shows possible therapy implications for obesity-related illness “Beige fat” cells found in healthy subcutaneous fat play a…
‘Beige’ cells key to healthy fat

January 17, 2014

A report in the journal Cell suggests that the presence of beige fat, a type of fat cell that can…
Stem Cells in Plastic Surgery: A Review of Current Clinical and Translational Applications.

December 1, 2013

BACKGROUND: Stem cells are a unique cell population characterized by self-renewal and cellular differentiation capabilities. These characteristics, among…
Eat more, weigh less: Worm study provides clues to better fat-loss therapies for humans

October 13, 2013

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered key details of a brain-to-body signaling circuit that enables…
Stem Cells From Fat Might Improve Plastic Surgery

September 30, 2013

Using people’s own stem cells from their body fat could aid in plastic surgery procedures such as post-cancer…
Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver

August 21, 2013

Surprise! Your morning cup of tea or coffee may be doing more than just perking you up before…
Fat-Cell ‘Switch’ May Determine Whether Body Stores Energy or Burns It

August 5, 2013

Researchers say they’ve found a “toggle switch” that controls whether fat cells in the body burn up or…
Epigenetic changes to fat cells following exercise

July 4, 2013

Exercise, even in small doses, changes the expression of our innate DNA. New research from Lund University in…
Conversion from bad fat to good fat

May 2, 2013

Scientists from ETH Zurich have shown for the first time that brown and white fat cells in a…
Homing In on Brown Fat

May 1, 2013

Researchers have identified the location, genetic expression and function of human brown adipose tissue (BAT), or brown fat,…
Fat Deposits Melting Away by Gene Switch

March 26, 2013

A recently discovered gene switch controls decomposition of fat in white adipose tissue, as Heidelberg metabolism researchers have…
Not all fat is packaged the same way, researchers find

February 18, 2013

Fat is stored in the body in two distinct ways, Yale researchers have discovered. While the finding may…
‘Tired’ fat cells might be an obesity trigger

October 16, 2012

Never underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. Not only does a lack of shut-eye leave you…
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