Salk scientists uncover the health effects of metabolic ?magic bullet? protein

LA JOLLA?The metabolic protein AMPK has been described as a kind of magic bullet for health. Studies in animal models have shown that compounds that activate the protein have health-promoting effects to reverse diabetes, improve cardiovascular health, treat mitochondrial disease?even extend life span. However, how much of the effects of these compounds can be fully attributed to AMPK versus other potential targets is unknown.

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