Approach to the treatment of overweight and obesity | 09.01.2020 | Research

How fat cells are created that burn calories

1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. Of these, 650 million have obesity. This increases the risk of secondary diseases such as high blood pressure or cancer. The team led by Professor Martin Klingenspor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is researching the influence of fat metabolism on our health. Together with Professor Bart Deplancke's research group at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), they have now tracked down a network of genes that could convert energy-storing fat into energy-burning fat.

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Prof. Klingenspor is one of the editors of the new Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology (Springer-Verlag | Vol. 251 | 2019)

Brown adipose tissue (BAT) and its metabolic function is the main topic in this new handbook. The book provides an update on the latest research. BAT dissipates energy and might offer a target for novel therapies to address obesity, a health condition that has reached pandemic dimensions.

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