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Same nerve cell, different influence on food intake

The nerve cells, also called neurons, in our brain control all the basic processes of our body. For this reason, there are different types of neurons distributed over specific regions of the brain. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolic Research and the CECAD Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research of the University of Cologne have developed an approach that allows them to show that neurons that are supposedly the same are actually very different: they not only sense different hormones for the body’s energy state, but also have a different influence on food intake. This can have a direct effect on our metabolism, for example by differentially restraining our appetite. Read More

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