'Knocking Out' Cell Receptor May Help Block Fat Deposits in Tissues, Prevent Weight Gain, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Study

Published: Oct 26, 2007

Cincinnati—University of Cincinnati (UC) pathologists have identified a new molecular target that one day may help scientists develop drugs to reduce fat transport to adipocytes (fat cells) in the body and prevent obesity and related disorders, like diabetes. Detailed in the Oct. 18 online edition and the November 2007 print issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the findings about a specific cell receptor, known as the adipocyte LDL receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1), provide important clues about the underlying biological mechanisms that control fat transport in the body.

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