A naturally occurring protein thought to cause cancer could help obese people lose their body weight.
Tests with dangerously obese mice were found to lose one third of their weight after being designed to exaggerate BP3.
Researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center described the effect, which began after only 18 days, as "conspicuous."
It is thought that BP3 mimics hormones and is elevated in several cancers, therefore it has been studied for its role in the disease.
A protein believed to be involved in the development of a number of cancers could help obese people lose one-third of their body weight, research suggests (Lager).
However, the new study shows that it also appears to play a role in the metabolism and storage and use of carbohydrates and fats.
The researchers developed mice with a genetic predisposition to both over-eat and express a protein known as BP3.
"We found that eight 18-day BP3 treatments were enough to reduce the fat in obese mice by more than one-third," said lead author. Anton Wellstein.
Not only did BP3 cause rodents to decline, but it also caused a series of obesity-related illnesses.
These included high glycemic hyperglycaemia, which is often a sign of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
BP3 also cured the animals of fatty liver, which can lead to serious organ damage.
Researchers based in Washington DC hope the treatment could be used to reverse these obesity-related disorders in humans.
Due to the fact that BP3 is a natural protein and not a man-man drug, scientific tests could start with minimal animal studies, they claim.
The protein has also demonstrated its safety, with microscopic studies of the mice in the study showing no side effects.
The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Although unclear, it is believed that BP3 promotes weight loss by influencing the metabolism.
"We have found that BP3 makes a remarkable contribution to metabolic control," said Dr. Well stone.
As protein levels rise, this increases the signaling of several hormone-like substances that affect the metabolism.
"It's like having more taxis in New York to pick up people who need a ride," Dr. Well stone.
"In an accelerated metabolism, sugars in the blood and liver processed in the liver are used for energy purposes and are not stored. And also fat deposits are tapped. "
Although the results are exciting, researchers are adding more studies before BP3 can be used to treat metabolic syndromes.
These syndromes include high blood pressure, excess fat around the waist, and elevated cholesterol levels.
This happened after UCL scientists discovered earlier this week that tumors with 200-fold potency penetrate from ordinary cells through blood vessels.
It is believed that this is because cancer cells have more receptors on their surface that allow them to assemble into a group and act as a strong entity.