20.109(F12) Pre-Proposal: Viral mitigation of insulin resistance
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Revision as of 05:24, 29 November 2012
- Stanley Gill
- Amy Liu
- T/R 20.109 Lab
- Team Yellow
Title of Proposed Project
Viral mitigation of insulin resistance
One of the hallmark characteristics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. Resistin, a peptide produced by endocrine adipocytes in mice, has been implicated in increasing the likelihood of insulin resistance and is present in high levels in the blood of obese patients. Here, we explore that the introduction of a regulated synthetic system that produces antibodies against resistin may stave off insulin resistance, alleviating and preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes.
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