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Fruit Flies Used To Unlock Mysteries Of Human Diabetes

Fruit Flies Used To Unlock Mysteries Of Human Diabetes

Stanford University Medical Center For the first time, the tiny fruit fly can be used to study how mutations associated with the development of diabetes affect the production and secretion of the vital hormone insulin. The advance is due to...

Latest Glucokinase Stories

2014-07-28 12:54:29

UT Southwestern Medical Center A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. The research potentially could lead to new therapies to treat obesity and diabetes, since the transcription factor involved – spliced X-box binding protein 1 (Xbp1s) – appears to influence the body's sensitivity to insulin and leptin signaling. Insulin and leptin are...

2014-07-07 08:28:53

BEIJING, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yabao Pharmaceutical Co, Inc. (Shanghai Stock Exchange 600351), a leading pharmaceutical company in China, today announced a strategic partnership with Eli Lilly and Company to co-develop Lilly's leading glucokinase activator (GKA), LY2608204. Lilly's GKA has completed Phase 1 studies in the US in addition to extensive pre-clinical development. Diabetes is a disease of great unmet need in China and worldwide. Glucokinase activators have the...

2014-01-15 14:38:58

Despite having mild hyperglycemia for approximately 50 years, patients with a mutation in the gene encoding the enzyme glucokinase had a low prevalence of clinically significant vascular complications, findings that provide insights into the risks associated with isolated mild hyperglycemia, according to a study in the January 15 issue of JAMA. "In both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hyperglycemia [abnormally high blood sugar] is associated with microvascular complications over time....

Type 1 Diabetes In Dogs Cured, Human Cure Could Soon Follow
2013-02-07 11:11:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have made leaps and bounds, claiming that they have created a cure for type-1 diabetes in dogs, paving the way for a human cure. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) scientists say they have shown for the first time that it is possible to cure diabetes in large animals, a huge step towards possibly finding a cure for humans. The cure consists of a single session of various injections in the animal's...

Appetite Heightened By Ingestion Of Fructose
2013-01-02 04:38:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Yale University School of Medicine examines possible factors regarding the association between fructose consumption and weight gain. The researchers used brain magnetic resonance imaging, which indicated that ingestion of glucose but not fructose reduces cerebral blood flow. Activity in brain regions that regulate appetite was also reduced. The participants reported an increase in feeling sated and full from the...

2012-04-09 09:28:25

Salk researchers find molecular switch that controls liver glucose production and may represent a new avenue for treating insulin-resistant type II diabetes In their extraordinary quest to decode human metabolism, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a pair of molecules that regulates the liver's production of glucose---- the simple sugar that is the source of energy in human cells and the central player in diabetes. In a paper published April 8 in...

2011-11-07 17:17:28

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have demonstrated for the first time that the brain is a key player in regulating glucose (sugar) metabolism in humans. The findings, published today in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that drugs targeting the brain and central nervous system could be a novel approach to treating diabetes. "The brain is the body's only organ that needs a constant supply of glucose to survive, so it...

2011-09-12 14:17:33

Say Hebrew University researchers Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have identified the key signal that prompts production of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas -- a breakthrough discovery that may ultimately help researchers find ways to restore or increase beta cell function in people with type 1 diabetes. The work on the multi-year project was led by Prof. Yuval Dor of the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada of the Hebrew University, researchers...

2010-10-12 12:41:00

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Beta-Pro LLC, announced today that it has expanded its operations to accommodate increasing demands from pharmaceutical drug discovery and research institutes in the $2 billion hepatocyte market. The human cellular sciences company now manages extensive laboratory facilities in the University of Virginia Research Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Beta-Pro has already established a foothold in the human pancreatic islet cell market and has...

2010-01-21 16:59:15

Understanding mechanism underlying SIRT6 activity may help treat diabetes, cancer A study investigating how a cellular enzyme affects blood glucose levels in mice provides clues to pathways that may be involved in processes including the regulation of longevity and the proliferation of tumor cells. In their report in the January 22 issue of Cell, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based team of researchers describes the mechanism by which absence of the enzyme SIRT6 induces a fatal drop...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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