Brown adipocyte cells

Brown adipocytes are a type of cell that produces brown fat tissue in mammals, as opposed to the more prevalent type of fat tissue known as “white” fat tissue (or adipose tissue). The primary function of brown adipose tissue is to generate body heat, especially in infants that do not shiver. Brown adipocytes burn calories taken from white fat under the stress of cold temperature, this fact along with an association of increase in relative levels of brown fat in lean individuals leads to the hope that increasing the level of brown fat may be a treatment for obesity.