3/21/2006

Researchers Find Fat Gene

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers researchers have identified a gene – and the molecular function of its protein product – that provides an important clue to further understanding obesity and may point the way to new drugs to control fat metabolism.

The scientists found that the human protein known as lipin is a key fat-regulating enzyme. “Lipin activity may be an important pharmaceutical target for the control of body fat in humans, treating conditions that range from obesity to the loss of fat beneath the skin, as seen in HIV patients, ” said George M. Carman, a professor in Rutgers’ department of food science.

Rutgers Media Relations - Rutgers Researchers Find Fat Gene

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