Glycogen is linked to heat generation in fat cells, finds study

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Nov 03, 2021, 04:30AM ISTSource: ANI

Researchers in a recent study describes how energy expenditure and heat production are regulated in obesity through a previously unknown cellular pathway. The new study was published in the journal Nature. Humans carry around with them, often abundantly so, at least two kinds of fat tissue: white and brown. White fat cells are essentially inert containers for energy stored in the form of a single large, oily droplet. Brown fat cells are more complex, containing multiple, smaller droplets intermixed with dark-colored mitochondria -- cellular organelles that give them their colour and are the 'engines' that convert the lipid droplets into heat and energy. Some people also have "beige" fat cells, brown-like cells residing within white fat that can be activated to burn energy.

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