Scientists unlock potential to yield “diet” fruit
A new study has demystified sugar distribution in plants, paving the way to create low sugar or ‘diet’ fruits.
The Metabolic Research Group comprises academics within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences who have interests in studying metabolism at the cellular, tissue and body levels. Research focuses on measuring alterations to homeostasis at the cellular level in the case of bacteria and the whole body in relation to responding to external stimuli.
The current major focus for this group is the role of amino acids in recovery from exercise, injury and illness. The human body sustains a very complex and stable homeostasis. The body responds to exercise and pathogenic challenges via a catabolic response. The catabolic response involves the breakdown and turnover of muscle protein stores to meet the body's demand. This research seeks to establish an understanding of amino acid turnover and losses via urine excretion and sweat. This is done with a view of developing strategies for minimising muscle breakdown via directed amino acid supplementation. The fatigue and pain associated with muscle soreness following exercise could be intrinsically linked to excessive turnover of the muscle protein stores and in some cases, breakdown of structural proteins when excessive demands are made.
The objective of the group are twofold:
Members of the group have been very successful in gaining national competitive research grants and industry funding.
The research has resulted in numerous publications in high impact journals ranging in the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, clinical sciences and exercise physiology.
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