The multi-tasking nature of the hormone asprosin

The multi-tasking nature of the hormone asprosin

When Dr. Atul Chopra, a medical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine, and his colleagues discovered in 2016 a new hormone called asprosin that regulates blood-glucose levels, the possibilities opened for future treatments that could potentially benefit millions of people living with type 2 diabetes. Asprosin’s reach, however, goes beyond promoting hepatic glucose production. A … Continue reading

More than an anticoagulant; heparin also promotes appetite in mice

More than an anticoagulant; heparin also promotes appetite in mice

Naturally-produced heparin is well-known for its role as an anticoagulant. Heparin is also widely used as a medication to prevent blood clotting. “In addition to its role as an anticoagulant, naturally-produced heparin has been known to affect other biological functions. In this study, we are among the first groups to investigated heparin’s potential role in … Continue reading