Great Diet News - Clue to Controlling Appetite Found

Diet Discovery could one day lead to weight-loss pill in humans

(HealthDayNews) -- For folks who have long wished that losing weight was just a matter of popping a pill, Johns Hopkins scientists report they are one step closer to finding a way to control appetite.

Injecting an enzyme that blocks fatty acid synthase (FAS) into the brains of mice acts on certain brain chemicals and results in decreased appetite, thereby reducing body weight, they report.

"We have been working on this control of food intake," explained lead researcher M. Daniel Lane, a distinguished service professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry. "Five years ago, we found a compound that we call C75 blocks food intake."

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