metabolic rhythm

A study from UT Southwestern identifies a protein in the gut linked to weight gain.

Dr. Lora Hooper and her colleagues found that the body’s metabolic rhythm is determined by gut bacteria: microbes activate the protein histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3), which then interacts with the body’s metabolism to adjust fat absorption. The more fat consumed, the more HDAC3 tells the body to absorb this fat, which can lead to obesity.