University of Texas Researchers Identify and Block Protein That Interferes With Appetite-Suppressing Hormone

Published: Apr 18, 2013

Ever since the appetite-regulation hormone called leptin was discovered in 1994, scientists have sought to understand the mechanisms that control its action. It was known that leptin was made by fat cells, reduced appetite and interacted with insulin , but the precise molecular details of its function -- details that might enable the creation of a new treatment for obesity -- remained elusive.

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