New class of hormone from “healthy fat cells” benefits body metabolism in mice

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 13:00 in Health & Medicine

Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have identified in mice a newly discovered class of hormones --  lipokines. In tomorrow's issue of the journal Cell they report that lipokine is a molecule in mice that helps stop, or even reverses obesity-related conditions such as insulin resistance and “fatty liver.”Lipokines are hormones made from lipids, or fats. All other known hormones – chemical signals secreted into the blood that regulate distant cells and organs – are steroid or more

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