The Institute of Clinical Biochemistry (Hanover, Germany) hypothesized that the pro-inflammatory cytokine environment seen in obese patients and those with obesity-related diabetes promotes the dysregulation of brown adipose tissues (BAT), which in turn intensifies diabetes progression. With a murine non-differentiated brown adipocyte cell line, researchers examined how exposure to pro-inflammatory cytokines impacted these cells. Cell density calculations were performed on the Cellometer Auto T4. The pro-inflammatory cytokines negatively impacted the cells’ viability, markedly increased reactive oxygen species production, and down regulated markers specific to BAT such as UCP-1 and β-Klotho. The scientists concluded that pro-inflammatory cytokines lead to BAT death and dysfunction, as well as an increase in oxidative stress.