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Bile acids heat things up

Thyroid hormone causes fat loss, but harnessing this action to treat obesity is difficult because it is associated with harmful side effects. However, bile acids generate active thyroid hormone just where it is needed.

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Figure 1: Bile acids in energy homeostasis.

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Baxter, J., Webb, P. Bile acids heat things up. Nature 439, 402–403 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/439402a

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