Scientists have discovered how one sugar - fructose - is transported into our cells. This finding could lead to new treatments to tackle cancer, obesity and diabetes.
A study at Stockholm University, deploying x-ray crystallography, has found out how our body processes fructose. Here it has been found that a specific protein called GLUT5, functioning at the atomic level, transports fructose through the cell membrane.
The protein acts as a type of 'gate keeper', allowing fructose in while blocking the passage of other molecules. Researchers are keen to know why fructose is allowed in via this route. Knowing this could help scientists deal with diseases that are associated with excessive sugar consumption, such as diabetes and obesity, as well as some types of cancer. ...[Continue reading on The Latest News]