“…’Gluttony gene’ may be behind big appetites…”

“…A single gene’s effect on the brain can result in non-stop eating, research has shown.

Scientists believe the “gluttony gene” may be responsible for cases of obesity caused by out-of-control appetite.

The Bdnf gene variant was studied in mice. It was found to prevent brain neurons from transmitting signals that tell the body it has eaten enough.

“This discovery may open up novel strategies to help the brain control body weight,” said lead researcher Dr Baoki Xu, from Georgetown University Medical Centre in the US.

Hunger and satiety, the sensation of “feeling full”, are governed by a complex balance of hormonal and neuronal signals…”

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‘Gluttony gene’ may be behind big appetites – Science – News – The Independent.

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