Researchers for years have known that imperfections in an old cellular antenna known as the primary cilium are associated with insulin resistance and obesity. Currently, scientists from the SUSM (Stanford University School of Medicine) found out that the bizarre little cellular appendage is detecting omega-3 fatty acids from the diet, and that this indication is directly impacting how stem cells in fat tissue break up and turn into fat cells. The finding shows a missing connection amid two worlds—dietary science and molecular and cellular biology. In the past, dietary studies discovered that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, vital fatty acids seen in fish and nuts, is linked with lower peril of stroke, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. The research was published in the journal Cell.
Peter Jackson (Professor of Microbiology and Immunology) along with Keren Hilgendorf (Postdoctoral Scholar) in the laboratory were not looking for omega-3s when they began their study. They were exploring the signaling molecule that the fat stem cells were detecting. Researchers were aware of the fact that in unusual diseases involving an imperfection in the primary cilium, the individuals are always hungry, it is tough for them to stop eating and they become insulin resistant and obese. So they were shocked when the signal appeared to be omega-3 fatty acids. Jackson said, “When we observed that the cell was reacting to omega-3 fatty acids, we understood that this had altered from a molecular biology story to a story hinting the molecular biology of how the diet regulates stem cells.”
On a similar note, recently, a study showed that antibody injection impedes peanut allergy for almost 2–6 Weeks. A small Stanford-led study showed the early evidence that the antibody is a fast and effective food allergy treatment. The study findings were published in the JCI Insight. Such therapy is needed urgently, as about 32 million people in the U.S. experience food allergies, which can advance at any stage in life.
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