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Key may lie in receptor protein, brown fat cells

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A new source of energy expending brown fat cells has been uncovered by Harvard Medical School researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center, which they said points towards potential new therapeutic options for obesity.
According to the new report, published April 12 in Nature Metabolism, the key lies in the expression of a receptor called Trpv1, a protein known to sense noxious stimuli, including pain and temperature.
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