Stem cell discovery identifies potential obesity treatment

Nutrition and Fitness Health Home>>Nutrition and Fitness>>Health news Written by: QMI Agency Feb. 6, 2013 (SHUTTERSTOCK)

Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute say they have discovered a trigger that turns muscle stem cells into brown fat, a form of good fat that could play a critical role in the fight against obesity.

"This discovery significantly advances our ability to harness this good fat in the battle against bad fat and all the associated health risks that come with being overweight and obese," Dr. Michael Rudnicki, a senior scientist at the Institute, said in a statement Tuesday.

The research team say mice that were injected with an agent to reduce a gene regulator called miR-133 produced more brown fat, were protected from obesity and had an improved ability to process glucose.

Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

See the article here:
Stem cell discovery identifies potential obesity treatment

Related Post