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Question of The Day29-11-2019

Indian scientists have recently discovered a protein that can control blood sugar levels. What is the name of this protein?

Answer

Correct Answer : c ) Secretagogin

Explanation :

Metformin is the name of a medicine that helps in controlling blood sugar levels. It is taken orally and is used for treatment of type 2 diabetes only.

Insulin lispro is a variety of manufactured insulin. It is used for treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Secretagogin or SCGN is the name of protein that has been discovered recently by Indian scientists. It can control blood sugar levels. Secretagogin binds with insulin, protects it from stresses and increases its action in diabetes caused due to obesity. The role Secretagogin or SCGN in prevention of the formation of alpha-synuclein protein fibrils has also been shown recently.

The formation of alpha-synuclein protein fibrils causes many neuro-degenerative diseases. So, Secretagogin can also be used in treating neuro-degenerative disorders such as dementia and Alzheimers.

Hence, option (c) is correct.

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