Visualizing temperature changes of the heat-producing “brown fat”

Researchers from Waseda University, Harvard University, and the National University of Singapore collaborated in a novel study and became the first to apply a small molecule-type thermosensitive fluorescent dye, ERthermAC. Using this dye, they monitored heat production of individual micron-sized human brown fat cells in real-time, which could lead to the development of therapies for obesity and diabetes.

This study was published in Scientific Reports on May 3.