Diabetes and Intestinal Inflammation (audio) Washington University School of Medicine Loading audio... Caption Mice with defects in their ability to make the enzyme fatty acid synthase in their intestines develop inflammation, and diabetes. In a new study, Washington University researchers made the surprising discovery that diabetes may get its start in the intestines, rather than in the pancreas or the liver. The culprit is that inflammation related to not having fatty acid synthase in gut tissues. Credit Washington University BioMed Radio Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.