Eating behavior brain process identified.

In Brain Circuitry, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified an ion channel that is an essential part of the brain process for suppressing eating behavior. Ion channels are tunnel-shaped passageways on the surface of neurons through which charged particles, or ions, can travel in and out of the cell. In a mouse study, they find that an ion channel made up of TrpC5 (transient receptor potential cation 5) protein subunits is required for the proper regulation of basal metabolism and body weight. There is a possibility that this ion channel may someday be directly targeted for therapeutic regulation of eating and blood-sugar balance.