Intestinal Bacteria May Cause Obesity

by Medindia Content Team on  January 9, 2007 at 8:37 PM Research News
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Intestinal Bacteria May Cause Obesity
According to the report of a research team from Washington University School of Medicine, intestinal bacteria modify the amount of food stored in the body as fat by changing the body's chemistry.

The enzyme adenosine Monophosphat-activated protein kinase, is involved in fat accumulation in the adipose tissue.

The report finds that the bacteria affects production of this enzyme, and also suppresses the body's fasting-induced adipose factor, causing excess accrual of fat resulting in obesity.

It is hoped that the new discovery will motivate researchers to find methods of counteracting the bacteria.

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