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Researchers hope to use the new information about the KLF14 gene to control type 2 diabetes and obesity  (Source:
A study of 800 UK female twins shows that the mother's copy of the gene provides the ability to control other genes associated with metabolic traits

Researchers from the University of Oxford and King's College London have made a crucial discovery that could lead to the development of better treatments and maybe even a cure for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Professor Tim Spector, study leader from the Department of Twin Research at King's College London, and Professor Mark McCarthy, co-author of the University of Oxford, have determined how a previously discovered gene that is linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol acts as a regulator for the gene's that reside within the body's fat. 

KLF14 has been linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels in previous studies. But now, scientists have figured out how this gene acts as a regulator for genes located in far-away body fat.

"KLF14 seems to act as a master switch controlling processes that connect changes in the behavior of subcutaneous fat to disturbances in muscle and liver that contribute to diabetes and other conditions," said McCarthy. "We are working hard right now to understand these processes and how we can use this information to improve treatment of these conditions." 

A child inherits a set of genes from both the mother and the father. In this study, researchers found that the KLF14 gene inherited its activity from the mother while the father's KLF14 gene remains inactive. The KLF14's ability to control distant genes in the body's fat is completely dependent on the mother's version. 

They discovered that the mother's KLF14 gene controls other genes associated with body-mass index (obesity), insulin, glucose levels and cholesterol. This means that KLF14 is a "master switch" that controls and shows the connections between metabolic traits.

Researchers made this discovery by recruiting 800 UK female twin participants and studying over 20,000 genes in subcutaneous fat biopsies. They also looked at genes in subcutaneous fat biopsies from Icelandic participants. Between the two studies, researchers discovered the connections between the KLF14 gene and distant genes associated with metabolic traits.  

"This is the first major study that shows how small changes in one master regulator gene can cause a cascade of other metabolic effects in other genes," said Spector. "This has great therapeutic potential particularly as by studying large detailed populations such as the twins we hope to find more of these regulators." 

This study was published in Nature Genetics, and is part of multinational collaboration funded by the Wellcome Trust called the MuTHER study. 

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RE: news flash
By DarthKaos on 5/18/2011 10:42:20 AM , Rating: 2
I may not be as intelligent as MeeSterNid or KingofFah in regards to body mechanics but I can tell you I have tried every diet and work out combination you can think of and I have so much trouble maintaining a healthy weight. I have had this issue since I was a kid. I was in the best shape whenever I was having a growth spurt. I stayed in good shape all through high school because I was in football and track and when I was not in a sport I always had a job and was working out to be ready for the next season. In college I was active and worked out but put on weight like so many other people but I put on way more and I was not eating crazy bad or anything. I went from 180 pounds to 320 pounds in a year. Even at 320 I played intramural football and worked out 3 times a week plus walked everywhere (class, work, workout, groceries in town, etc...).

I was able to loose a lot of weight quick when I went on the Atkins diet but knew that was not a good lifestyle to maintain a health weight. I then tried weight watchers and that was great. I lost more weight and at my best I was back down to 195 pounds. I quit weight watchers and since then (3 years) am back up to 230 pounds. I eat a fruit and whole grains for breakfast. Salads ,sandwiches on light bread, tuna and other healthy things for lunch. For supper we only eat fish, chicken, and ground turkey. I rarely have red meat and we have rice and vegetables with the main dish at supper. I have a snack in the morning and in the afternoon. These snacks are yogurt or a granola bar or protein bar depending on what I am doing that day for physical activity. On the weekends I am always active doing things around the house (my wife is a chronic re-modeler and landscaper). I am maintaining my 230 pounds with my eating habits and by working out 1 time a week (currently have an 18 month old so frequency of workouts will increase with age of child).

I don't how this translates into ATP or calories in and out but I do know it is a ton of work for me not to be as fat as a house. Also while I do all this my wife does yoga once a week and can eat a bag of star burst every other night, loves chicken fingers and eats them twice or more a week, downs ice cream and french fires like they are water, drinks an iced coffee from McDs everyday, and still weighs 115 pounds and is 5' 3" tall.

I must be fat from all that junk I eat and all the TV I watch (by the way 1 hour of TV a night max).

RE: news flash
By KingofFah on 5/18/2011 10:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
Knowledge doesn't say anything about your intelligence. You know all you need to know about the subject, since you know how your body reacts to different foods.

Congrats on the weight loss. Atkins and similar diets typically work amazingly well on "slow" metabolism people, since it's also common that those same people convert carbs to fat at a much higher rate. But yes, you're right, Atkins and other diets which put the body into ketosis for extended periods of time can be very dangerously, mostly due to the potential for brain and liver damage (the liver at least is a regenerative organ, though).

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