PORTLAND, Ore., -- Scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University's Vollum Institute have found a new receptor site in the brain of mice that causes them to become obese by storing fat and expending less energy than normal mice. In a study that will be reported in the September 2000 issue of Endocrinology (Volume 141, Number 9), a journal of The Endocrine Society, Roger Cone, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Vollum Institute and Associate Professor of cell and developmental biology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and Andrew Butler, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Vollum Institute, discovered that the Melanocortin-3 receptor (MC3-R) is involved in the regulation of body weight.
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