UT Southwestern Medical Center Researchers Identify Role for Protein Linked to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Published: Dec 18, 2012

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have taken another step toward better understanding the metabolic functions of obesity and its connection to type 2 diabetes. Dr. Philipp Scherer, Director of the Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research at UT Southwestern, led a group of researchers in a recent multicenter study published in Nature Medicine that successfully identified ways to manipulate the protein mitoNEET. This is the first time the protein has been effectively altered to expand fat tissue in a way that allows subjects – in this case, mice – to remain metabolically healthy.

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