Puberty may be due to GPR54 gene and KiSS-1 Molecule

by Medindia Content Team on  February 4, 2005 at 6:10 PM General Health News
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Puberty may be due to GPR54 gene and  KiSS-1 Molecule
The dawn of Genetic research has indeed unleashed several social and moral issues that are forcing governments, institutions and individuals to introspect within themselves. However, it has also managed to shed new light on the understanding of human development.

A recent announcement made by a U.S research team from the University of Pittsburg, has opened perhaps a new chapter in the understanding of genes which many think; may be connected directly to the onset of puberty.

The researchers claim that the meeting of a gene and a molecule appear to trigger off puberty. "We now have very good evidence that the GPR54 gene and its switch, the kisspeptin protein molecule produced by KiSS-1, are key to the initiation of puberty, when GnRH (Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone) is released," Said Tony Plant, a lead researcher of the Pittsburg University. He also announced that it was unlikely the two genetic molecules would act alone.




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