Researchers have developed a new way to combat obesity by turning white fat cells brown.
The technique, from a team at Purdue University, relies on a nanoparticle made of a biocompatible polymer filled with dibenzazepine, a compound that alters the signal pathways of the fat cells (called Notch signaling). Tests on obese mice injected with the nanoparticle in stored white fat resulted in the subject’s cells turning brown instead, along with a reduced body weight and improved glucose levels.
Brown fat has shown to be burned more easily than white fat.
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