Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 17 March 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 11, p. nf29
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.11.nf29]


Hop on Board

Blueprint for fat-cell specialization hitches a ride from a shuttle protein

R. John Davenport

Abstract: BANFF, CANADA--Taking the bus instead of walking encourages fat storage, and a cellular version of public transit might also cultivate blubber. A protein that carries messenger RNAs around the cell totes the instructions for a protein that plays a key role in the beginning stages of fat-cell maturation, according to new work presented here 6 March 2004 at the Molecular Control of Adipogenesis and Obesity Keystone Symposium. The work illuminates a previously uninvestigated control point in fat-cell specialization and suggests a possible new target for drugs to shrink flab.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Hop on Board. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (11), nf29 (2004).

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