This ‘selfish’ gene may prevent heart disease

By: IANS | New Delhi |
Published: February 14, 2018 5:39 pm

A ‘selfish’ gene can potentially remove cholesterol from blood vessels says a study. (Source: File Photo)

Scientists have identified a “selfish” gene that can potentially remove cholesterol from blood vessels and help prevent heart disease. The gene, called MeXis, acts within key cells inside clogged arteries to help remove excess cholesterol from blood vessels. In mice, MeXis was found to control the expression of a protein that pumps cholesterol out of cells in the artery wall, said researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). In the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers found that mice lacking MeXis had almost twice as many blockages in their blood vessels compared to mice with normal MeXis levels. In addition,…

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