HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
U of M researchers show that increasing sugar processing in the liver can lower blood sugar

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have shown that increasing the concentration of a key regulator involved in glucose metabolism can improve the way the liver produces and disposes of the sugar glucose, the primary fuel of the body. Finding ways to increase that concentration could provide a treatment for diabetes and obesity. The research will be published in the Aug. 16 issue of Cell Metabolism.

The liver plays an important role in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In diabetic patients, the liver makes too much glucose, and muscles and fat are unable to take up or transport glucose so cells can use it.

"We thought if we could find a way to increase the amount of glucose the liver takes out of the blood, and decrease the amount produced by the liver, overall blood sugar levels would decrease," said Alex Lange, associate professor of biochemistry.

This process is dependant on a small regulator molecule, called fructose-2, 6-bisphosphate, that helps control glucose metabolism, or how the body uses and processes sugars.

Using a mouse model, biochemistry research assistant professor Chaodong Wu increased the concentration of the regulator molecule, and found that the mice's blood sugar went down. The mice were using more and producing less glucose.

Wu also noted other changes in the cell that have implications for obesity. When the concentration of the regulator was increased, there were changes in the food intake and overall metabolism. Just like in humans, when food intake is decreased and energy expenditure is increased, weight loss occurs.

Lange said if researchers could find a way to raise the level of this regulator in the liver of humans, for example, by preventing its breakdown, it could lead to a new treatment for diabetes, as well as obesity.


'"/>

Contact: Sara E. Buss
buss@umn.edu
612-624-2449
University of Minnesota
16-Aug-2005


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
2. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
3. ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality
4. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
5. Penn researchers discover pathway that eliminates genetic defects in red blood cells
6. U-M researchers find family of on switches that cause prostate cancer
7. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
8. Pets could be source of multiresistant bacteria infections in humans, MU researchers investigate
9. MGH researchers confirm that bone marrow restores fertility in female mice
10. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
11. U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/11/2017)... , Jan. 11, 2017  Michael Johnson, co-founder of Visikol ... Capital Group, Inc., has been named to the elite "Forbes 30 ...  was one of 600 people in 20 fields nationwide to be ... of the 15,000 applicants were selected. ... He is currently a PhD candidate at Rutgers ...
(Date:1/6/2017)... , Jan. 5, 2017  Delta ID Inc., ... iris scanning technology for automotive at CES® 2017. Delta ... GNTX ) to demonstrate the use of iris scanning ... and authenticate the driver in a car, and as ... the driving experience. Delta ID and Gentex ...
(Date:1/3/2017)... 2017 Onitor, provider of digital health technology ... an innovative biometric data-driven program designed to aid weight ... the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in ... U.S., the World Health Organization (WHO), have identified lifestyle ... who are overweight or obese. WHO also states that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/21/2017)... , Jan. 20, 2017 Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. ... focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative ... Best Company in North America ... the award based on the FDA approval of ... tablets), ENTYCE ® (capromorelin oral solution) and NOCITA ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... January 20, 2017 http://www.Financialbuzz.com ... one of leading causes of death worldwide. There were ... number of cancer related deaths increased gradually over time, ... incidence rate of various cancers continues to drive demand ... report by Global Market Insights, Inc. cancer biological therapy ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire -- WuXi AppTec, ... open-access capability and technology platform, today announced that ... biology focused preclinical drug discovery contract research organization ... become a wholly-owned subsidiary of WuXi, and will ... and providing greater services. The acquisition will further ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017  ArmaGen, Inc., today announced that it ... chief executive officer, as well as a member ... ArmaGen more than 17 years of executive management ... biotherapeutics and pharmaceuticals. "Mathias is ... and skillset necessary to lead ArmaGen to its ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: