One more gene identified responsible for the MODY.

  • As per the paper published in the BMC Medical Genetics journal, a team led by researchers in Chennai has isolated a gene named NKX6-1 that causes a rare form of diabetes, called Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY).
  • So far  14 known gene variants have been identified that cause MODY
  • The new findings could advance the emerging field of precision diabetes, by helping personalise diabetes care.
  • Diabetes involves a disruption of how blood sugar is kept in check by the hormone insulin.
  • Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of the disorder.
  • In MODY, any one of the 14 genes, if defective, can hamper the body’s insulin usage and trigger Type-2 diabetes.

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