Discovery of metabolic switch could lead to targeted treatment of obesity, cancer

An Iowa State University research team has discovered a method for modifying the function of an enzyme crucial to fat production, which could lead to more effective treatments for childhood obesity and cancer.

While the research was in fruit fly larvae, being able to speed up or slow down lipid metabolism could have significant implications for human health, said Hua Bai, an associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology. 

“We’ve identified what’s basically a metabolic switch. It’s like the accelerator on a car,” he said. 

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