Study in mice suggests proteins could be source of post-menopausal hot flashes
Beauty may be only skin deep, but hot goes to the bone.
Proteins involved in breaking down bones are also part of the body’s thermostat, a new study shows. The proteins — a receptor called RANK and the protein that binds to it, called RANKL — turn up the heat to cause fever during infections and also help regulate daily temperature rhythms in female rodents, a study published in the Nov. 26 Nature shows.
And the proteins, which are involved in osteoporosis, may also be a source of the hot flashes that post-menopausal women experience.