Novel hormone essential for heart development discovered

This unusual discovery could aid cardiac repair and provide new therapies to common heart diseases and hypertension Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB) have identified a gene encoding a hormone that could potentially be used as a therapeutic molecule to treat heart diseases. The hormone – which they have chosen to name ELABELA – is only 32 amino-acids long, making it amongst the tiniest proteins made by the human body. The team led by Dr Bruno Reversade carried out experiments to determine ELABELA’s function, since its existence was hitherto unsuspected.…
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