This topic explains what brown adipose tissue is and what it does, with some information about white adipose tissue, muscle contraction, and cellular respiration along the way.
This topic focuses on brown adipose tissue. To understand how brown adipose tissue works, we will first explore the function of white adipose tissue and the process of cellular respiration. In doing so we will also think about the relationship between body weight, how much energy we use up in biological processes, and how much energy we take into our bodies as food. We will then think about how the body uses brown adipose tissue to generate heat, including how brown adipose tissue is specialized for this purpose, and how the brain regulates brown adipose tissue heat production. Finally, we will try to apply what we have learned to see if brown adipose tissue could be used to treat human disease.
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