Researchers have identified a previously unknown communication pathway that allows fat to communicate directly with the brain,
disrupting this communication network could one day help treat obesity in humans.
We've known for a long time that the brain uses neurons in the sympathetic nervous system to tell the body to burn more fat.
Beige fat that fights obesity
Located near the spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) extend long fibers to peripheral organs
The collected sensory information is then sent to the brain through the spinal cord.
Researchers have long known that DRGs carry information from the skin and muscles to the brain.
However, due to the difficulty of visualizing these neurons in action
researchers found a way to do just that. As part of this work, neuroscientist Lee Yeh and his team at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla
So these adipose tissues are more "dynamic" than others. For this reason, researchers believe they may play a role in obesity problems.
the researchers were able to observe DRG activity from near the spinal cord to the fat pads.