New molecule linked to food intake control
New molecule linked to food intake control - science news
Researchers from NGM Biopharmaceuticals in San Francisco, California have identified a molecule naturally made by the body, that can inhibit ghrelin “the hunger hormone”. Named LEAP2, it decreases food intake.

The study shows that LEAP2 is a previously unknown part of the ghrelin system, essential for our survival and with huge potential to treat disorders such as obesity, anorexia, and diabetes. In humans, there are several conceivable applications of this discovery, such as preventing the strong urge to eat that follows weight loss.

Currently, this is the first tool that allows the manipulation of the ghrelin system. 


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