Volume 90 Issue 3 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 16, 2012

Newly Discovered Hormone Burns Energy

Exercise-induced biomolecule irisin could help control obesity and lower type 2 diabetes risk
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: irisin, hormone, fat cells, obesity, diabetes

A newfound exercise-induced hormone helps the body increase its ability to burn energy and confers the beneficial characteristics of “brown” fat cells on unhealthy “white” fat cells, according to a study (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature10777). Bruce M. Spiegelman of Harvard Medical School and colleagues say the hormone, which they named irisin after the Greek messenger goddess Iris, is likely . . .

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