Fat Burning Genes
Celebrations at this time of the year involve food, lots and lots of food. What if you could eat just about anything without worrying about the health complications of obesity? Researchers in Okinawa have looked at the combined effort of three genes that just may participate in fat burning rather than storage. Currently, a healthy lifestyle and exercise are prescribed for those who may be obese, with health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure and others.
Mice missing two genes, Cnot7 and Tob can eat a higher fat diet and stay slim. When researchers looked at the fat from these mice, they found a third gene, Ucp1. Decoding the gene function, they found that Cnot 7, Tob and Ucp1 are related from the perspective that Cnot 7 and Tob help to produce a variation of Ucp 1 that burns fat. It just so happens that obese people tend to have low levels of Ucp 1 and store fat. Knowing how these work together could result in more effective treatments for the health complications in obesity.