Stacia Melick, Biology
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Megan Doczi)

Kv1.3 is a voltage-gated potassium channel that has been implicated in feeding behavior as well as having a relationship with the insulin receptor (IR) within the olfactory bulb (OB), but it is not known how they interact within the hypothalamus. In order to investigate this, primers were utilized to run a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), which allowed for amplification of these genes during gestational periods. If these two genes are being expressed simultaneously during gestation, future studies could lead to novel therapeutic strategies to combat obesity and diabetes.

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