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Cell nucleus protein in brown fat cells governs daily control of body temperature
Date:10/27/2013

wn fat cell-autonomous manner the effect is direct in the brown fat, rather than operating through the nervous system. Brown fat UCP1 levels are high in mice without Rev-erbα even when ambient temperatures remain constant. Genetic loss of Rev-erbα also abolishes normal rhythms of body temperature and brown-fat activity.

The recent discovery of brown fat tissue in humans suggests that the same mechanism could underlie the daily fluctuations in body temperature in people. Although the lowering of body temperature may have had a survival advantage during evolution, by preserving energy stores when food was scarce, in modern times, lower body temperatures, and therefore lower metabolism and reduced burning of stored fats while sleeping, could contribute to the obesity problem. Knowledge of the mechanism that lowers body temperature at night may provide a way to burn calories while people are sleeping.


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Contact: Karen Kreeger
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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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