Protein Associated with Blood Sugar Control is Discovered
In what can be talked about one of the important developments in the field of diabetes research, experts from the University of Leicester have discovered a protein which plays a vital role in controlling the blood sugar levels in the body.
The results of the study are available in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in January 2011.
The discovered protein is known as M3-muscarinic receptor. Its activation is involved with the release of the insulin hormone in the blood restoring the blood sugar levels to normalcy.
An important observation of the research was that the protein needs to undergo a specific change once it is activated. This change is responsible for the direct release of the insulin hormone in the blood.
If the protein does not undergo this vital change, the levels of sugar in the blood of a normal individual remain similar to that of a diabetic.
As a part of the further study, the researchers want to find out whether this mechanism of sugar control is disrupted in diabetics or not. Any positive development in this field can have wider implications in addressing Type 2 Diabetes.