Twenty-years ago there was a big step forward in the understanding of obesity when researchers discovered that a person’s appetite is controlled by a key molecule called leptin. Leptin is … Continue Reading Glia brain cells implicated in appetite control.
The autonomic nervous system, made up of sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, is known to regulate blood glucose levels by directly controlling insulin secretion by the pancreas. Insulin secretion and blood … Continue Reading Hormone inhibits neuronal connections between the brain and pancreas in neurodevelopment.
The molecular intricacies of hunger and satiety, pivotal for understanding metabolic disorders and the problem of obesity, are not yet fully understood by scientists. How much a person eats and … Continue Reading Protein responsible for regulating feeding behaviour in the brain identified.
White adipose tissue, or fat tissue, serves as a storage depot for energy-rich triglycerides. In times of need this lipid storage can be released as part of an adaptive response … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown neural mechanism responsible for fat breakdown.
Researchers have for the first time successfully converted adult human skin cells into neurons of the type that regulate appetite, providing a patient-specific model for studying the neurophysiology of weight … Continue Reading In world’s first researchers differentiate skin cells into neurons controlling appetite.
By uncovering the action of two naturally occurring hormones, scientists may have discovered a way to assist in the shedding of excess fat. The findings from Monash University researchers give … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map the control of body fat by the brain.