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A New Target In The Aging Process

July 22, 2009

An international group of researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research have found that by reducing the levels of a certain protein, p38MAPK, they are able to slow the aging of certain tissues. Their experiments with mice showed that the pancreas in particular, among other organs, could be affected, and that, conversely, introducing higher levels of the protein led to the insulin resistance that causes diabetes. By targeting this protein, the researchers believe new treatments could be developed to combat age-related diseases including type 2 diabetes so prevalent in elders.