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Medical PPAR-gamma

  1. Jan 5, 2017 #1
    Why PPAR-gamma is called peroxisome proliferator activator receptor? What connection does it have with peroxisome per se? Does it proliferate the number of peroxisomes inside a cell?
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  3. Jan 5, 2017 #2


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    Many names in biology are historical and do not necessarily reflect the main functions of the genes/proteins. For the PPARs

    In other words, the people who discovered and named the PPAR proteins found that they induced the proliferation of peroxisomes. It was only later that other roles for the PPAR proteins were discovered, but by then the PPAR name had stuck.
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