Shedding new light on stem cell differentiation at UTHealth from left are Ilya Levental, Ph.D.; Joseph Lorent, Ph.D.; Allison D. Skinkle; and Kandice Levental, Ph.D. Photo by Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth
You are what you eat when it comes to fat, report McGovern Medical School scientists in the journal Science Advances.
Dietary fats are converted into lipids, which make up the membranes that surround all living cells.
The type of fat a person consumes may determine whether stem cells are converted into bone cells or fat cells, said Ilya Levental, Ph.D., the study’s senior author and assistant professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
“The fats that we consume such as cholesterol, unsaturated fats and fish oil become robustly incorporated into the membranes of our cells and dramatically change the composition and function of those membranes,” said Levental, a Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar.
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