28 August 2012
Vol 5, Issue 239

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Online Cover This week features a Research Article that describes how mice lacking the cGMP effector VASP have a higher metabolism because of an increase in brown adipose tissue and the "browning" of white adipose tissue, a process in which white adipocytes acquire the characteristics of brown adipocytes. The image shows a cross section of white adipose tissue from VASP–/– mice stained for UCP-1, a protein that is highly abundant in brown adipose tissue. [Image: Eike Joeres and Ana Kilic/Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Bonn]