Scientists were able to establish a group of cells in the brain that controls appetite, but also may be one of the reasons for the development of eating disorder, which is obesity. During the experiments on rodents, scientists have found in the cells of tanycytes neurons, which are responsible for the regulation of appetite. According to scientists from the University of East Anglia, at birth, the degree of appetite is not fixed. More detailed results can be found on the pages of the journal of Neuroscience.
Previously, it was believed that the nerve cells in the brain that are associated with the regulation of appetite, develop fully for a while, until the embryo is in the womb, and there is no way to change them. But the latest study, as well as the opening of the mentioned cells, the action of which resembles the stem cells in the brain of rodents, suggests that the ability to change the appetite exists.
According to one of the authors of the study, the next step will be installed cellular processes and groups of genes that regulate the activities and behavior of the mentioned cells. Scientists are studied in detail the hypothalamus, which is known to be responsible for many biological functions, such as sleep, appetite, thirst, energy consumption, and others. While exploring the experts used method for genetic mapping. It turned out that some cells contribute to increased appetite as change order activity of the brain in rodents after birth and into adulthood.