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Date:9/29/2011

er, said Shyh-Chang.

Mice lacking Lin28a or that have increases in let-7 become insulin resistant and have impaired glucose tolerance. These metabolic changes occurred in part through effects linked to the insulin-PI3K-mTOR pathway, which is important in cancer and basic metabolism.

Importantly, the researchers also found that let-7 acts on many genes with apparent links to type 2 diabetes and glucose control in humans. This may prove to be good news for those in search of new ways to tackle complex conditions like diabetes, which have many genetic drivers, each with relatively small effects.

"MicroRNAs touch multiple targets in subtle ways," Shyh-Chang said. "Our findings suggest that let-7 and perhaps other microRNAs may help to unify the picture of how type 2 diabetes develops."


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