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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220105/acth-receptor-mc2r-specificity-what-do-we-know-about-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Davids Fridmanis, Ance Roga, Janis Klovins
Coincidentally, the release of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Endocrinology takes place 25 years after the discovery of the adrenocorticotropic hormone receptor (ACTHR) by Mountjoy and colleagues. In subsequent years, following the discovery of other types of mammalian melanocortin receptors (MCRs), ACTHR also became known as melanocortin type 2 receptor (MC2R). At present, five types of MCRs have been reported, all of which share significant sequence similarity at the amino acid level, and all of which specifically bind melanocortins (MCs)-a group of biologically active peptides generated by proteolysis of the proopiomelanocortin precursor...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213613/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-fat-mass-via-affecting-energy-expenditure
#2
Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Shanghai Chen, Feifan Guo
Although many biological functions of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) have been identified, a role of hypothalamic ATF4 in the regulation of energy homeostasis is poorly understood. Here, we showed that hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons specific ATF4 knockout (PAKO) mice are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, PAKO mice were resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, glucose intolerance and leptin resistance. Moreover, the expression of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5) was increased or decreased by ATF4 knockdown or over-expression, respectively, and ATF4 inhibited the transcription of ATG5 by binding to the basic zipper-containing protein (bZIP) sites on its promoter...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
#3
Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195947/alpha-msh-induces-vasodilatation-and-exerts-cardioprotection-via-the-heme-oxygenase-pathway-in-rat-hearts
#4
Miklos Vecsernyes, Miklos Szokol, Mariann Bombicz, Daniel Priksz, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Gabor Aron Fulop, Balazs Varga, Bela Juhasz, David Haines, Arpad Tosaki
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a protein with known capacity for protection against cardiovascular ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. The present investigation evaluates the capacity of α-MSH to mitigate I/R effects in an isolated working rat heart model and determine the dependency of these alterations on the activity of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, hsp-32), a heat shock protein that functions as a major antioxidant defense molecule. Healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were used for all experiments...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165370/plumbagin-suppresses-%C3%AE-msh-induced-melanogenesis-in-b16f10-mouse-melanoma-cells-by-inhibiting-tyrosinase-activity
#5
Taek-In Oh, Jeong-Mi Yun, Eun-Ji Park, Young-Seon Kim, Yoon-Mi Lee, Ji-Hong Lim
Recent studies have shown that plumbagin has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antibacterial, and anti-cancer activities; however, it has not yet been shown whether plumbagin suppresses alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-induced melanin synthesis to prevent hyperpigmentation. In this study, we demonstrated that plumbagin significantly suppresses α-MSH-stimulated melanin synthesis in B16F10 mouse melanoma cells. To understand the inhibitory mechanism of plumbagin on melanin synthesis, we performed cellular or cell-free tyrosinase activity assays and analyzed melanogenesis-related gene expression...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164623/decreased-synovial-fluid-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-%C3%AE-msh-levels-reflect-disease-severity-in-patients-with-posttraumatic-ankle-osteoarthritis
#6
Guangyu Liu, Yunzhen Chen, Guichun Wang, Jianbing Niu
BACKGROUND: α-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH), an endogenous melanocortin peptide, has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammation effects and protect against cartilage damage. Objective In this study, we aimed to investigate whether α-MSH in ankle joint synovial fluid is associated with the disease severity of posttraumatic ankle osteoarthritis (PTAOA). METHODS: 66 PTAOA patients undergoing ankle arthroscopical debridement or ankle joint replacement were enrolled in the study...
August 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152402/molecular-cloning-tissue-distribution-and-pharmacological-characterization-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
#7
L Li, Z Yang, Y-P Zhang, S He, X-F Liang, Y-X Tao
Melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) plays a pivotal role in the mediation of leptin action on food intake and energy expenditure in mammals. The MC4R has also been identified in several teleosts, and its importance in the regulation of fish energy homeostasis is emerging. We herein reported on the molecular cloning, tissue distribution, and pharmacological characterization of MC4R in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), an economically and ecologically important fish. We showed that grass carp MC4R (ciMC4R) consisted of a 981 bp open reading frame encoding a protein of 326 amino acids, highly homologous (>95%) to several teleost MC4Rs...
November 21, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132887/pc1-3-deficiency-impacts-pro-opiomelanocortin-processing-in-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-hypothalamic-neurons
#8
Liheng Wang, Lina Sui, Sunil K Panigrahi, Kana Meece, Yurong Xin, Jinrang Kim, Jesper Gromada, Claudia A Doege, Sharon L Wardlaw, Dieter Egli, Rudolph L Leibel
We recently developed a technique for generating hypothalamic neurons from human pluripotent stem cells. Here, as proof of principle, we examine the use of these cells in modeling of a monogenic form of severe obesity: PCSK1 deficiency. The cognate enzyme, PC1/3, processes many prohormones in neuroendocrine and other tissues. We generated PCSK1 (PC1/3)-deficient human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines using both short hairpin RNA and CRISPR-Cas9, and investigated pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) processing using hESC-differentiated hypothalamic neurons...
February 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114924/n-4-methoxyphenyl-caffeamide-induced-melanogenesis-inhibition-mechanisms
#9
Yueh-Hsiung Kuo, Chien-Chia Chen, Po-Yuan Wu, Chin-Sheng Wu, Ping-Jyun Sung, Chien-Yih Lin, Hsiu-Mei Chiang
BACKGROUND: The derivative of caffeamide exhibits antioxidant and antityrosinase activity. The activity and mechanism of N-(4-methoxyphenyl) caffeamide (K36E) on melanogenesis was investigated. METHODS: B16F0 cells were treated with various concentrations of K36E; the melanin contents and related signal transduction were studied. Western blotting assay was applied to determine the protein expression, and spectrophotometry was performed to identify the tyrosinase activity and melanin content...
January 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103316/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-protects-against-cytokine-induced-barrier-damage-in-caco-2-intestinal-epithelial-monolayers
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Judit Váradi, András Harazin, Ferenc Fenyvesi, Katalin Réti-Nagy, Péter Gogolák, György Vámosi, Ildikó Bácskay, Pálma Fehér, Zoltán Ujhelyi, Gábor Vasvári, Eszter Róka, David Haines, Mária A Deli, Miklós Vecsernyés
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a potent anti-inflammatory peptide with cytoprotective effect in various tissues. The present investigation demonstrates the ability of α-MSH to interact with intestinal epithelial cell monolayers and mitigate inflammatory processes of the epithelial barrier. The protective effect of α-MSH was studied on Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial monolayers, which were disrupted by exposure to tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β. The barrier integrity was assessed by measuring transepithelial electric resistance (TEER) and permeability for marker molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063031/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-afamelanotide-and-its-clinical-use-in-treating-dermatologic-disorders
#11
REVIEW
Elisabeth I Minder, Jasmin Barman-Aksoezen, Xiaoye Schneider-Yin
Afamelanotide, the first α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) analogue, synthesized in 1980, was broadly investigated in all aspects of pigmentation because its activity and stability were higher than the natural hormone. Afamelanotide binds to the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), and MC1R signaling increases melanin synthesis, induces antioxidant activities, enhances DNA repair processes and modulates inflammation. The loss-of-function variants of the MC1R present in fair-skinned Caucasians are less effectively activated by the natural hormone...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045525/a-macrocyclic-agouti-related-protein-nle-4-dphe-7-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-chimeric-scaffold-produces-subnanomolar-melanocortin-receptor-ligands
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Mark D Ericson, Katie T Freeman, Sathya M Schnell, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
The melanocortin system consists of five receptor subtypes, endogenous agonists, and naturally occurring antagonists. These receptors and ligands have been implicated in numerous biological pathways including processes linked to obesity and food intake. Herein, a truncation structure-activity relationship study of chimeric agouti-related protein (AGRP)/[Nle4,DPhe7]α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (NDP-MSH) ligands is reported. The tetrapeptide His-DPhe-Arg-Trp or tripeptide DPhe-Arg-Trp replaced the Arg-Phe-Phe sequence in the AGRP active loop derivative c[Pro-Arg-Phe-Phe-Xxx-Ala-Phe-DPro], where Xxx was the native Asn of AGRP or a diaminopropionic (Dap) acid residue previously shown to increase antagonist potency at the mMC4R...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003770/advances-in-the-management-of-erythropoietic-protoporphyria-role-of-afamelanotide
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REVIEW
Ashley M Lane, Jerome T McKay, Herbert L Bonkovsky
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) and the phenotypically similar disease X-linked protoporphyria (XLPP) are inherited cutaneous porphyrias characterized clinically by acute non-blistering photosensitivity, intolerance to sunlight, and significantly reduced quality of life. They are due to marked overproduction of protoporphyrin (PP) chiefly by erythroblasts and reticulocytes. In EPP, the underlying genetic defect is in the ferrochelatase gene, which encodes the final enzyme in the heme synthetic pathway. In XLPP, the genetic defect is a gain-of-function mutation, usually a four-base deletion, in the gene that encodes the enzyme 5-aminolevulinic acid synthase-2, the first and rate-controlling enzyme of heme synthesis in developing red blood cells...
2016: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995201/effects-of-a-sweetpotato-protein-digest-on-lipid-metabolism-in-mice-administered-a-high-fat-diet
#14
Koji Ishiguro, Rie Kurata, Yoshikazu Shimada, Yoto Sameshima, Takashi Kume
Sweetpotato peptide (SPP) was prepared by enzyme digestion of sweetpotato protein from starch wastewater. Animal experiments assessed the effect of SPP on body weight, abdominal adipose tissue mass, serum lipids and adipocytokines. Body and liver weight and epididymal and mesenteric fat of mice fed a high-fat diet containing 0.5% or 5% SPP for 28 days were significantly lower than control mice. Triglyceride and cholesterol in VLDL and LDL and leptin levels were significantly lower in the serum of SPP-administered mice compared to control mice...
December 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994947/recent-advances-in-the-understanding-of-how-neuropeptide-y-and-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-function-in-adipose-physiology
#15
REVIEW
Steven L Shipp, Mark A Cline, Elizabeth R Gilbert
Communication between the brain and the adipose tissue has been the focus of many studies in recent years, with the "brain-fat axis" identified as a system that orchestrates the assimilation and usage of energy to maintain body mass and adequate fat stores. It is now well-known that appetite-regulating peptides that were studied as neurotransmitters in the central nervous system can act both on the hypothalamus to regulate feeding behavior and also on the adipose tissue to modulate the storage of energy. Energy balance is thus partly controlled by factors that can alter both energy intake and storage/expenditure...
October 2016: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983977/inhibition-of-tyrosinase-activity-and-melanin-production-by-the-chalcone-derivative-1-2-cyclohexylmethoxy-6-hydroxy-phenyl-3-4-hydroxymethyl-phenyl-propenone
#16
Byung-Hak Kim, Kyoung Chan Park, Jeong Ho Park, Chung Gi Lee, Sang-Kyu Ye, Jung Youl Park
Abnormal accumulation of melanin pigments in the skin can be lead to hyperpigmentation disorders and melanoma. Melanin biosynthesis is ultimately regulated by the rate-limiting enzyme tyrosinase. In the present study, we synthesized chalcone derivatives and identified 1-(2-cyclohexylmethoxy-6-hydroxy-phenyl)-3-(4-hydroxymethyl-phenyl)-propenone (chalcone-21) as an anti-melanogenic substance in B16F10 melanoma cells. Chalcone-21 strongly inhibited cellular melanin production and tyrosinase activity in B16F10 melanoma cells stimulated with α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) or protoporphyrin IX...
October 27, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924732/the-effect-of-a-hexanoic-acid-linker-insertion-on-the-pharmacokinetics-and-tumor-targeting-properties-of-the-melanoma-imaging-agent-99mtc-hynic-cycmsh
#17
Vania Teixeira, Marcelo Fernández, Natalia Oddone, Xiuli Zhang, Fabio Gallazzi, Hugo Cerecetto, Juan Pablo Gambini, Williams Porcal, Pablo Cabral, Thomas P Quinn
BACKGROUND: Lactam cyclized alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) analogues exhibit high stability and affinity for the MC1-R receptors over expressed in melanoma cells. Recently, we reported a novel <sup>99m</sup>Tc-HYNIC-cycMSH<sub>4-13</sub> analogue with the HYNIC chelator directly attached to the lactam cyclized ring. OBJECTIVE: In this study we proposed the introduction of a 6-aminohexanoic acid (Ahx) linker between the HYNIC chelator and lactam cyclized peptide cycMSH4-13 to reduce steric hindrance and improve the melanoma targeting and imaging proprieties of the radiolabeled peptide...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924292/data-on-melanin-production-in-b16f1-melanoma-cells-in-the-presence-of-emu-oil
#18
Minoru Ito, Kazuhiro Minami, Yoshimasa Sagane, Toshihiro Watanabe, Koichi Niwa
Here, we present data on the effects of emu oil, obtained from emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) fat deposits, on melanogenesis in B16F1 murine melanoma cells. The cells were cultured in media containing different concentrations of emu oil, and the melanin content of these cells was measured using a microplate reader. Next, melanin content was measured for cells cultured with α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone. This article reports the different melanin contents as μg melanin/mg cellular protein, by using bar graphs with error bars...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918829/identification-of-novel-endogenous-anti-lymph-angiogenic-factors-in-the-aqueous-humor
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Felix Bock, Jasmine Onderka, Gabriele Braun, Ann-Charlott Schneider, Deniz Hos, Yanlong Bi, Björn O Bachmann, Claus Cursiefen
Purpose: The avascular cornea is in direct contact with aqueous humor (AqH). Here we investigate whether AqH exerts anti(lymph)angiogenic effects and thereby may contribute to corneal (lymph)angiogenic privilege. Methods: Using the murine model of suture-induced inflammatory corneal hem- and lymphangiogenesis, the potential anti(lymph)angiogenic effect of AqH was analyzed by applying murine AqH as eyedrops. Anti(lymph)angiogenic effects were measured using morphometric analysis of flat mounts stained with CD31 as panendothelial and LYVE-1 as specific lymphatic endothelial marker...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917799/effect-of-one-unit-blood-donation-on-appetite-related-biomarkers
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Husamettin Erdamar, Muzaffer Cakmak
PURPOSE: It is commonly reported that blood donation (BD) leads to an increase in appetite. To investigate this claim, a questionnaire was offered to 306 people who had a history of BD at least once in their life. Following a positive outcome from the questionnaire, we further investigated the impact of BD on appetite. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The questionnaire study consists of a 5-question survey with VAS was performed on 399 volunteers. Later, 108 volunteers were enrolled in a laboratory study...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
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