Send to

Choose Destination
Biol Neonate. 1982;42(3-4):145-51.

Onset of thermogenesis in response to cold in newborn mice.


The onset of thermogenesis in response to cold exposure in individual mice was studied using a sensitive close circuit system for measuring their rate of oxygen consumption. On the day of birth, exposure to a cool environment did not stimulate an increase in oxygen consumption, but 48 h later the majority of mice respond by doubling their metabolic rate in response to a fall from 36 to 31 degrees C in ambient temperature. When 5 mice huddled together an ambient temperature drop from 36 to 23 degrees C was required to provoke the same response. Brown adipose tissue is present at birth but the cells are relatively small and contain little fat. By the second day they are three times larger and contain far more fat. The onset of thermogenesis appears to await the development of brown adipose tissue.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center