Playtime prevents obesity by brain-mediated fat browning

Kathleen J. Griffioen, Mark P. Mattson

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Laboratory animals usually become relatively insulin resistant and obese. In this issue of Cell Metabolism, Cao et al. (2011) find that mice living in a complex environment are resistant to diet-induced obesity because they produce energy-dissipating brown fat cells within white fat depots, a process orchestrated by brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-288
Number of pages2
JournalCell Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 7 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology


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