Monday, September 17, 2007

Molecule linked to stronger bones

"Researchers have found that a molecule in the brain that regulates appetite also functions to control bone mass levels, a finding they say could help develop new drugs to treat osteoporosis.

A group, which includes Shu Takeda, an expert on bone-related studies at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, conducted a series of tests on mice using the peptide, called Neuromadin U (NmU).

Mice that did not have NmU experienced an increase in bone mass. When mice without NmU had NmU injected in their brain, bone mass decreased."

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