A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine could be the key to treating infertility in women after it reported that a key enzyme in the body acts as a "fertility switch", decreasing the chances of successfully conceiving a baby.
The study was conducted by researchers at Imperial College in London who analyzed the womb lining tissue of 106 women and found that those who were trying hard, but were unable, to conceive in the last two years had high levels of an enzyme protein known as SGK1 gene while those who were at a higher risk of miscarriage had low levels of the protein.
AdvertisementStating that their finding could be used to develop a drug in the future that could correctly regulate the protein levels in the body, lead researcher Madhuri Salker said, "In the future, we might take biopsies of the womb lining to identify abnormalities that might give them a higher risk of pregnancy ¬complications, so that we can start treating them before they get pregnant."
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