For Obesity - Turning Point in Dieting Seen - Ghrelin Vaccination Allows
Rats to Eat Same But Not Gain Weight
August 3rd 2006
An amazing new vaccine, developed by The Scripps Research Institute, is
being called a “breakthrough” in the global battle against obesity. The
Institute says this may mark a “turning point” in the treatment of
obesity by confirming the effectiveness of immunopharmacotherapy.
Immunopharmacotherapy is a method of therapy that “engages” the immune
system’s antibodies to bind to selected targets. This approach may also
be an effective method of dealing with drug addiction, especially
addiction to cocaine and nicotine.
So far the research has involved mature male rats. The rats were
immunized with specific types of the active vaccine and ate normally.
The immunized rats gained less weight, leading the researcher to believe
that the vaccine directly affects the body’s metabolism and energy use.