Cold Induced Activation of Brown Adipose Tissue in Humans

2017-03-30 23:38:21 | BioPortfolio


This study investigates cold-induced brown fat activation assessed using PET/MR scans. Subjects will participate in an acute cooling intervention day and a thermoneutral intervention day with PET/MR scans on both days. A secondary purpose is to make a validation of an infrared thermography camera by comparison of skin temperatures and SUV of the supraclavicular brown adipose tissue.


The field of human brown adipose tissue (BAT) research is focused on activation of BAT as a means of manipulating energy expenditure and potentially anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties of the tissue. This is well established in rodent studies and explained as due to the specific brown fat uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1). Despite increasing evidence that indicates a metabolic regulatory role of BAT in humans, BAT activation/recruitment is not fully understood and even less is known about the endocrine capacities of human BAT.

Cold induced brown fat activity will be assessed with PET/MR scans and validate an infra-red thermography camera, as well as perform a proteomic screening using blood samples under these two intervention days.

15 healthy lean male subjects will serve as their own control in a cross-over randomized control study, including a pre-examination day, a thermoneutral-day and a cooling test-day with cold exposure followed by a PET/MR scan to determine BAT activity. An extra cooling day is applied for the external validation of the infrared thermography camera. Blood samples and abdominal fat-biopsies will be taken at thermoneutral condition and under cold stimulation of brown fat.

Study Design


Adipose Tissue, Brown


Cooling, Thermoneutral


Center for Inflammation and Metabolism/ Center for Physical Activity Research


Not yet recruiting


Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-03-30T23:38:21-0400

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