20.109(F12) Pre-Proposal: Viral mitigation of insulin resistance

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Personal health is of great concern to today's society, especially in relation to weight loss. The rate of Type 2 diabetes in the human population has increased alongside the rate of obesity; it has been clear for some time that excessive weiht gain
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Personal health is of great concern to today's society, especially in relation to weight loss. The rate of Type 2 diabetes in the human population has increased alongside the rate of obesity; it has been clear for some time that excessive weight gain can lead to insulin resistance which is a direct cause of Type 2 diabetes. Presently, the accepted method of prevention and alleviation of obesity and its related ailments is diet and exercise. Drug based weight-loss methods have not been exhaustively explored; of the drugs that have been explored, very few act directly on the adipose cells and the products they secrete. Because mouse adipocytes have been implicated in accelerating the development of insulin resistance through the production of resistin and because increased levels of resisitin can be found in humans that are insulin resistant, the formation of a new therapy that targets resistin could be beneficial in preventing and/or reducing the degree of insulin resistance in any given individual.
==A sketch==
==A sketch==
[[Image:Preproposal_Diagram.jpg]]
[[Image:Preproposal_Diagram.jpg]]

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Contents

Investigators

  • Stanley Gill
  • Amy Liu
  • T/R 20.109 Lab
  • Team Yellow

Title of Proposed Project

Antibody-based Regulation of Resistin Levels through a Synthetic Circuit Injected via Vector Immunoprophylaxis

Project Summary

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.

Introduction

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  • What is known about this field
  • Why is this field important

Your idea

Personal health is of great concern to today's society, especially in relation to weight loss. The rate of Type 2 diabetes in the human population has increased alongside the rate of obesity; it has been clear for some time that excessive weight gain can lead to insulin resistance which is a direct cause of Type 2 diabetes. Presently, the accepted method of prevention and alleviation of obesity and its related ailments is diet and exercise. Drug based weight-loss methods have not been exhaustively explored; of the drugs that have been explored, very few act directly on the adipose cells and the products they secrete. Because mouse adipocytes have been implicated in accelerating the development of insulin resistance through the production of resistin and because increased levels of resisitin can be found in humans that are insulin resistant, the formation of a new therapy that targets resistin could be beneficial in preventing and/or reducing the degree of insulin resistance in any given individual.

A sketch

Image:Preproposal_Diagram.jpg

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