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  • n. An uncoupling protein found in the mitochondria of brown adipose tissue, used to generate heat by non-shivering thermogenesis.


thermo- + -genin (Wiktionary)


  • The mitochondria in brown fat, however, contain a protein called thermogenin (or uncoupling protein 1), which causes energy to dissipate as heat.

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  • For example, mice that are genetically modified to lack thermogenin are more likely to become obese (

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