What fat mice tell us: Link between body clock and gaining weight

What fat mice tell us: Link between body clock and gaining weight.

Gene research: Tests will focus on the Y6 gene and the extent that it determines the amount of fat stored in the body.

 

The body clock may be more influential than previously thought, with researchers finding that it could also play a role in how fat we become and contribute to the risk of diseases such as diabetes.

Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney have found a specific gene which regulates the body clock also plays a role in growth hormone production. The Y6 gene is highly expressed in the only part of the brain known to control the body’s circadian rhythm. However, molecular biologist Herbert Herzog said little was known about the Y6 gene.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/what-fat-mice-tell-us-link-between-body-clock-and-gaining-weight-20140108-30hnp.html#ixzz2pqYpuZA5

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