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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911598/type-3-deiodinase-role-on-central-thyroid-hormone-action-affects-the-leptin-melanocortin-system-and-circadian-activity
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Zhaofei Wu, M Elena Martinez, Donald L St Germain, Arturo Hernandez
The role of thyroid hormones (TH) in the central regulation of energy balance is increasingly appreciated. Mice lacking the type 3 deiodinase (DIO3), which inactivates TH, have decreased circulating TH levels relative to control mice due to defects in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis. However, we have shown that the TH status of the adult Dio3(-/-) brain is opposite that of the serum, exhibiting enhanced levels of TH action. Since the brain, specially the hypothalamus, harbors important circuitries that regulate metabolism, we aimed to examine the energy balance phenotype of Dio3(-/-) mice and determine whether it is associated with hypothalamic abnormalities...
December 2, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894065/evaluation-of-csf-and-plasma-biomarkers-of-brain-melanocortin-activity-in-response-to-caloric-restriction-in-humans
#2
Gabrielle Page-Wilson, Kim T Nguyen, Deniz Atalayer, Kana Meece, Heather A Bainbridge, Judith Korner, Rebecca J Gordon, Sunil K Panigrahi, Anne White, Richard Smiley, Sharon L Wardlaw
The melanocortin neuronal system, comprised of hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and agouti-related protein (AgRP) neurons, is a leptin target that regulates energy balance and metabolism, but studies in humans are limited by lack of reliable biomarkers for brain melanocortin activity. The objective of this study was to measure the POMC prohormone and its processed peptide, ß-endorphin (ß-EP), in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and AgRP in CSF and plasma after calorie restriction to validate their utility as biomarkers of brain melanocortin activity...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890744/gene-expression-of-pro-opiomelanocortin-and-melanocortin-receptors-is-regulated-in-the-hypothalamus-and-mesocorticolimbic-system-following-nicotine-administration
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Damla E Tapinc, Rabia Ilgin, Egemen Kaya, Oguz Gozen, Muzeyyen Ugur, Ersin O Koylu, Lutfiye Kanit, Aysegul Keser, Burcu Balkan
Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived peptides and their receptors have been shown to play important roles in natural and drug-induced reward and reinforcement. Reward process may involve the regulation of POMC gene expression and the gene expression of POMC-derived peptide receptors. The present study investigated the alterations observed in the transcript levels of POMC, melanocortin 3 (MC3R), melanocortin 4 (MC4R) and mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in the hypothalamus and mesocorticolimbic system during nicotine exposure...
November 24, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851802/str-profiling-for-discrimination-between-wild-and-domestic-swine-specimens-and-between-main-breeds-of-domestic-pigs-reared-in-belarus
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Krzysztof Rębała, Alina A Rabtsava, Svetlana A Kotova, Viachaslau N Kipen, Natalja V Zhurina, Alla I Gandzha, Iosif S Tsybovsky
A panel comprising 16 short tandem repeats (STRs) and a gender-specific amelogenin marker was worked out and tested for robustness in discrimination between wild and domestic swine subspecies encountered in Europe, between regional populations of wild boars and between main breeds of domestic pigs reared in Belarus. The STR dataset comprised 310 wild boars, inhabiting all administrative regions of Belarus, and 313 domestic pigs, representing three local and three cosmopolitan lines. Additionally, a total of 835 wild boars were genotyped for the presence of melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) alleles specific for domestic pigs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829153/stimulation-of-the-hippocampal-pomc-mc4r-circuit-alleviates-synaptic-plasticity-impairment-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Yang Shen, Min Tian, Yuqiong Zheng, Fei Gong, Amy K Y Fu, Nancy Y Ip
Hippocampal synaptic plasticity is modulated by neuropeptides, the disruption of which might contribute to cognitive deficits observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived neuropeptides and melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) are implicated in hippocampus-dependent synaptic plasticity, how the POMC/MC4R system functions in the hippocampus and its role in synaptic dysfunction in AD are largely unknown. Here, we mapped a functional POMC circuit in the mouse hippocampus, wherein POMC neurons in the cornu ammonis 3 (CA3) activate MC4R in the CA1...
November 8, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797962/melanocortin-1-receptor-activation-is-neuroprotective-in-mouse-models-of-neuroinflammatory-disease
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Nadine Mykicki, Alexander M Herrmann, Nicholas Schwab, René Deenen, Tim Sparwasser, Andreas Limmer, Lydia Wachsmuth, Luisa Klotz, Karl Köhrer, Cornelius Faber, Heinz Wiendl, Thomas A Luger, Sven G Meuth, Karin Loser
In inflammation-associated progressive neuroinflammatory disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory infiltrates containing T helper 1 (TH1) and TH17 cells cause demyelination and neuronal degeneration. Regulatory T cells (Treg) control the activation and infiltration of autoreactive T cells into the central nervous system (CNS). In MS and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in mice, Treg function is impaired. We show that a recently approved drug, Nle(4)-d-Phe(7)-α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (NDP-MSH), induced functional Treg, resulting in amelioration of EAE progression in mice...
October 26, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791019/central-role-for-melanocortin-4-receptors-in-offspring-hypertension-arising-from-maternal-obesity
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Anne-Maj S Samuelsson, Amandine Mullier, Nuria Maicas, Nynke R Oosterhuis, Sung Eun Bae, Tatiana V Novoselova, Li F Chan, Joaquim M Pombo, Paul D Taylor, Jaap A Joles, Clive W Coen, Nina Balthasar, Lucilla Poston
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r)-expressing neurons in the autonomic nervous system, particularly in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVH), play an essential role in blood pressure (BP) control. Mc4r-deficient (Mc4rKO) mice are severely obese but lack obesity-related hypertension; they also show a reduced pressor response to salt loading. We have previously reported that lean juvenile offspring born to diet-induced obese rats (OffOb) exhibit sympathetic-mediated hypertension, and we proposed a role for postnatally raised leptin in its etiology...
October 25, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775197/survival-by-genotype-patterns-at-mc1r-are-not-black-and-white-at-the-white-sands-ecotone
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S Des Roches, R Sollmann, K Calhoun, A P Rothstein, E B Rosenblum
Measuring links among genotype, phenotype and survival in the wild has long been a focus of studies of adaptation. We conducted a 4-year capture-recapture study to measure survival by genotype and phenotype in the Southwestern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus cowlesi) at the White Sands ecotone (transition area between white sands and dark soil habitats). We report several unanticipated findings. First, in contrast with previous work showing that cryptic blanched coloration in S. cowlesi from the heart of the dunes is associated with mutations in the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (Mc1r), ecotonal S...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728914/the-role-of-the-melanocortin-system-in-metabolic-disease-new-developments-and-advances
#9
Jennifer W Hill, Latrice D Faulkner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 11, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725374/rnai-mediated-knockdown-of-mouse-melanocortin-4-receptor-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-using-an-sirna-expression-construct-based-on-the-mir-187-precursor
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Minoru Kato, Yi-Ying Huang, Mina Matsuo, Yoko Takashina, Kazuyo Sasaki, Yasushi Horai, Aya Juni, Shin-Ichi Kamijo, Kaoru Saigo, Kumiko Ui-Tei, Hajime Tei
RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful tool for the study of gene function in mammalian systems, including transgenic mice. Here, we report a gene knockdown system based on the human mir-187 precursor. We introduced small interfering RNA (siRNA) sequences against the mouse melanocortin-4 receptor (mMc4r) to alter the targeting of miR-187. The siRNA-expressing cassette was placed under the control of the cytomegalovirus (CMV) early enhancer/chicken β-actin promoter. In vitro, the construct efficiently knocked down the gene expression of a co-transfected mMc4r-expression vector in cultured mammalian cells...
September 30, 2016: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713523/effects-of-melanocortin-3-and-4-receptor-deficiency-on-energy-homeostasis-in-rats
#11
Panpan You, Handan Hu, Yuting Chen, Yongliang Zhao, Yiqing Yang, Tongtong Wang, Roumei Xing, Yanjiao Shao, Wen Zhang, Dali Li, Huaqing Chen, Mingyao Liu
Melanocortin-3 and 4 receptors (MC3R and MC4R) can regulate energy homeostasis, but their respective roles especially the functions of MC3R need more exploration. Here Mc3r and Mc4r single and double knockout (DKO) rats were generated using CRISPR-Cas9 system. Metabolic phenotypes were examined and data were compared systematically. Mc3r KO rats displayed hypophagia and decreased body weight, while Mc4r KO and DKO exhibited hyperphagia and increased body weight. All three mutants showed increased white adipose tissue mass and adipocyte size...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688995/%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-promotes-muscle-glucose-uptake-via-melanocortin-5-receptors
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Pablo J Enriori, Weiyi Chen, Maria C Garcia-Rudaz, Bernadette E Grayson, Anne E Evans, Sarah M Comstock, Ursel Gebhardt, Hermann L Müller, Thomas Reinehr, Belinda A Henry, Russell D Brown, Clinton R Bruce, Stephanie E Simonds, Sara A Litwak, Sean L McGee, Serge Luquet, Sarah Martinez, Martin Jastroch, Matthias H Tschöp, Matthew J Watt, Iain J Clarke, Christian L Roth, Kevin L Grove, Michael A Cowley
OBJECTIVE: Central melanocortin pathways are well-established regulators of energy balance. However, scant data exist about the role of systemic melanocortin peptides. We set out to determine if peripheral α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) plays a role in glucose homeostasis and tested the hypothesis that the pituitary is able to sense a physiological increase in circulating glucose and responds by secreting α-MSH. METHODS: We established glucose-stimulated α-MSH secretion using humans, non-human primates, and mouse models...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677945/rna-seq-analysis-of-the-hypothalamic-transcriptome-reveals-the-networks-regulating-physiopathological-progress-in-the-diabetic-gk-rat
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Yuhuan Meng, Yujia Guan, Wenlu Zhang, Yu-E Wu, Huanhuan Jia, Yu Zhang, Xiuqing Zhang, Hongli Du, Xiaoning Wang
The Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rat is an animal model of non-obese type 2 diabetes (T2D). The GK rat was generated through the introduction of various genetic mutations from continuous inbreeding; these rats develop diabetes spontaneously. The mutated genes in GK rats may play key roles in the regulation of diabetes. The hypothalamus plays a central role in systematic energy homeostasis. Here, the hypothalamic transcriptomes in GK and Wistar rats at 4, 8 and 12 weeks were investigated by RNA-seq, and multiple variants and gene expression profiles were obtained...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664794/mc1r-variants-affect-the-expression-of-melanocortin-and-melanogenic-genes-and-the-association-between-melanocortin-genes-and-coloration
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Luis M San-Jose, Anne-Lyse Ducrest, Valérie Ducret, Céline Simon, Hannes Richter, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Alexandre Roulin
The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) gene influences coloration by altering the expression of genes acting downstream in the melanin synthesis. MC1R belongs to the melanocortin system, a genetic network coding for the ligands that regulate MC1R and other melanocortin receptors controlling different physiological and behavioural traits. The impact of MC1R variants on these regulatory melanocortin genes was never considered, even though MC1R mutations could alter the influence of these genes on coloration (e.g...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642533/repository-corticotropin-injection-for-treatment-of-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
#15
Aarat Patel, Georgia Seely, Rohit Aggarwal
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are a group of systemic autoimmune diseases that involve inflammation of skeletal muscle. The two most common forms are dermatomyositis and polymyositis, the former of which entails a skin component. There are few approved therapeutics available for treatment of this group of diseases and the first-line therapy is usually corticosteroid treatment. Considering that a large proportion of patients do not respond to or cannot tolerate corticosteroids, additional treatments are required...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637621/acute-central-effects-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-on-energy-balance-effects-of-age-and-gender
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Judit Tenk, Ildikó Rostás, Nóra Füredi, Alexandra Mikó, Szilvia Soós, Margit Solymár, Balázs Gaszner, Miklós Székely, Erika Pétervári, Márta Balaskó
Previously demonstrated age-related changes in the catabolic melanocortin system that may contribute to middle-aged obesity and aging anorexia, raise the question of the potential involvement of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in these phenomena, as this catabolic hypothalamic mediator acts downstream to melanocortins. Catabolic effects of CRF were shown to be mediated by both CRF1 (hypermetabolism) and CRF2 (anorexia) receptors. To test the potential role of CRF in age-related obesity and aging anorexia, we investigated acute central effects of the peptide on energy balance in male and female rats during the course of aging...
September 13, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614546/an-optimised-phylogenetic-method-sheds-more-light-on-the-main-branching-events-of-rhodopsin-like-superfamily
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Michel E Mickael, Ashish Rajput, Jannetta Steyn, Lyle Wiemerslage, Thomas Bürglin
The comparative genomics between different rhodopsin-like family groups (α, β, γ and δ) is not well studied. We used a combination of phylogenetic analysis and statistical genomic methods to compare rhodopsin-like family proteins in species likely symbolic of this family's evolutionary progression. For intra-cluster relationships, we applied mathematical optimisation to enhance the tree search produced by the neighbour joining method (NJ) and compared it with maximum likelihood (ML) method. To infer inter-clusters relationships, we used Needleman-Wunsch analysis (NW), HHsearch, ancestral sequence reconstruction and phylogenetic network analysis...
September 3, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27601011/unaltered-hypothalamic-metabolic-gene-expression-in-kiss1r-knockout-mice-despite-obesity-and-reduced-energy-expenditure
#18
Julie-Ann P De Bond, Kristen P Tolson, Chanond Nasamran, Alexander S Kauffman, Jeremy T Smith
Kisspeptin controls reproduction by stimulating gonadotrophin-releasing hormone neurones via its receptor Kiss1r. Kiss1r is also expressed other brain areas and in peripheral tissues, suggesting additional nonreproductive roles. We recently determined that Kiss1r knockout (KO) mice develop an obese and diabetic phenotype. In the present study, we investigated whether Kiss1r KOs develop this metabolic phenotype as a result of alterations in the expression of metabolic genes involved in the appetite regulating system of the hypothalamus, including neuropeptide Y (Npy) and pro-opiomelanocortin (Pomc), as well as leptin receptor (Lepr), ghrelin receptor (Ghsr), and melanocortin receptors 3 and 4 (Mc3r, Mc4r)...
October 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27576578/vagal-blocking-for-obesity-control-a-possible-mechanism-of-action
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Helene Johannessen, David Revesz, Yosuke Kodama, Nikki Cassie, Karolina Skibicka, Perry Barrett, Suzanne Dickson, Jens Holst, Jens Rehfeld, Geoffrey van der Plasse, Roger Adan, Bård Kulseng, Elinor Ben-Menachem, Chun-Mei Zhao, Duan Chen
BACKGROUND: Recently, the US FDA has approved "vagal blocking therapy or vBLoc® therapy" as a new treatment for obesity. The aim of the present study was to study the mechanism-of-action of "VBLOC" in rat models. METHODS: Rats were implanted with VBLOC, an intra-abdominal electrical device with leads placed around gastric vagal trunks through an abdominal incision and controlled by wireless device. Body weight, food intake, hunger/satiety, and metabolic parameters were monitored by a comprehensive laboratory animal monitoring system...
August 30, 2016: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27561155/design-of-cyclized-selective-melanotropins
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Minying Cai, Victor J Hruby
This paper describes the development of cyclic peptides for G protein coupled receptors to enable structure-function knowledge and the design of novel therapeutics. One important property of cyclic peptides is that they tend to be resistant to the digestion, enabling them to survive in the human digestive tract. This trait makes them very important as drug leads or as scaffolds which, in theory, can be engineered to incorporate a peptide domain of medicinal value. This is especially important for delivery of peptides that would be destroyed without such implementation...
August 25, 2016: Biopolymers
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