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Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2013 Feb;9(2):69-70. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2012.242. Epub 2013 Jan 8.

Adipose tissue metabolism in 2012: Adipose tissue plasticity and new therapeutic targets.

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  • 1University of Gothenburg, Department of Medical and Clinical Genetics, Institute of Biomedicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden.


2012 has been a rewarding year for adipocyte research. A new type of brown-like adipocyte—the beige adipocyte—and irisin, a previously unknown hormone that stimulates the formation of such cells, have been discovered. A bipotential adipocyte progenitor giving rise to both brown and white adipocytes has also been identified.

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