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.
In a paper published online by the Journal of Biological Chemistry (print version, April 7), Carman and his research team at Rutgers Cook College describe their scientific detective work, moving from clue to clue in a series of logical connections to reach their discoveries.
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