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Washington University School of Medicine

Diabetes and Intestinal Inflammation

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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.

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