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.
AdvertisementThe 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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