Navigation Links
Bone Growth Protein Also Promotes 'Good' Fat
Date:8/20/2008

Stimulation of brown globules helps burn calories, hints of new ways to treat obesity

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A protein that induces bone growth also helps promote development of "good" brown fat that helps burn calories and plays a role in fighting obesity, says researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

They said their finding about the protein, called BMP-7, may help lead to new ways to prevent and treat obesity.

The two main types of fat cells in the body are white and brown, explained study author Yu-Hua Tseng, an assistant investigator in Joslin's Section on Obesity and Hormone Action.

"White fat cells are the 'conventional' form of fat designed to store energy. By contrast, the main role of brown fat is to burn calories by generating heat. Brown fat cells largely disappear by adulthood in humans, but their precursors still remain the body," Tseng said in a Joslin news release.

In laboratory studies of mouse cells, Tseng and colleagues found that BMP-7 drives the precursor cells that give rise to mature brown fat cells. They also found that injecting BMP-7-treated progenitor cells (similar to stem cells) into mice led to increased development of brown fat tissue, and that mice that developed brown fat gained less weight than those that didn't develop brown fat.

The study was published in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature.

The Joslin team hopes this type of research into fat development will lead to new drugs or other treatments for obesity.

"Diet and exercise are still the best approaches for weight reduction in the general population. However, for people who are genetically predisposed to obesity, these approaches may have very little effect," Tseng said.

"As we learn more about the controls of brown fat development, medical interventions to increase energy expenditure by brown fat inducing agents, such as BMP-7, may provide hope to these individuals in losing weight and preventing the metabolic disorders associated with obesity," she said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about adult obesity.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Joslin Diabetes Center, news release, Aug. 20, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. CRDB Bases Growth Strategy on Misys BankFusion Platform
2. Smart Balance to Webcast Presentation at Canaccord Adams Global Growth Conference
3. Hill-Rom Reports Third Quarter Revenue Growth of 11.7 Percent to $366.8 Million and Earnings Per Fully Diluted Share From Continuing Operations of $0.34, an Increase of 89 Percent From the Prior Year
4. New Research From Best Practices: Pharmaceutical New Product Planning - Structure and Activities to Drive Growth and Profitability
5. iCAD to Present at Canaccord Adams 28th Annual Global Growth Conference
6. ATS Medical to Participate at the 28th Annual Canaccord Adams Global Growth Conference
7. P&G Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of $0.92 and Operating Profit Growth of 13%, Behind Balanced 5% Organic Sales and Volume Growth
8. Vitamin C injections slow tumor growth in mice
9. Cyberonics to Present at Canaccord Adams 28th Annual Global Growth Conference
10. Turned-off cannabinoid receptor turns on colorectal tumor growth
11. ev3 Inc. to Present at the Canaccord Adams 28th Annual Global Growth Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... New patients ... from Dr. Angela Cotey, with or without a referral. Dr. Cotey is a trusted ... of this preferred tooth replacement option. , Patients with missing teeth in Fitchburg, WI, ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... An increase in wetter weather in the Northern California ... with that; a humdinger of an allergy season. A relief from drought conditions is ... misery-causing grass and weed pollen. , “Our patients have been reporting the typical ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... , ... June 24, 2017 , ... ... offering genetic testing for medications in select Florida and Texas doctors' offices and ... , This new application of genetic testing recognizes the role genes play in ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... Killeen, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2017 , ... ... can boost home security, such as getting a guard dog or having an alarm ... homes simply aren’t secure against forced entry. Yair Frenkel, owner of TX Premier Locksmith ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Yesterday, U.S. Senate Republicans ... to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Like the bill narrowly ... to Medicaid, a public health insurance program for low-income children, pregnant women, parents ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/5/2017)... The Cincinnati location of ... (NYSE: DPLO), has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2017 ... Results are based on an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, ... improvement. The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including ... ...
(Date:6/1/2017)... BLUE BELL, Pa. , June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... Nutriceuticals (PRN) and Veterinarian Recommended Solutions (VRS), and KD ... direct investment in Nutriceutical Holdings by KD Pharma Group. ... Nutriceutical Holdings with the option to acquire the entire ... ideal partner in KD. They are committed to growing ...
(Date:5/29/2017)... May 29, 2017  Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... which enables the functional selection of stem cells, today ... the first quarter ended March 31 st , 2017. ... accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017," said Dr. ... we announced the treatment of the first blood cancer ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: