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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669202/developing-a-biased-unmatched-bivalent-ligand-bumbl-design-strategy-to-target-the-gpcr-homodimer-allosteric-signaling-camp-over-%C3%AE-arrestin2-recruitment-within-the-melanocortin-receptors
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Cody J Lensing, Katie T Freeman, Sathya M Schnell, Robert C Speth, Adam T Zarth, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
Understanding the functional relevance of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) homodimerization has been limited by the insufficient tools to assess asymmetric signaling occurring within dimers comprised of the same receptor type. We present unmatched bivalent ligands (UmBLs) to study the asymmetric function of melanocortin homodimers. UmBLs contain one agonist and one antagonist pharmacophore designed to target a melanocortin homodimer such that one receptor is occupied by an agonist and the other receptor by an antagonist pharmacophore...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660981/development-of-macrocyclic-peptidomimetics-containing-constrained-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-dialkylated-amino-acids-with-potent-and-selective-activity-at-human-melanocortin-receptors
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Francesco Merlino, Yang Zhou, Minying Cai, Alfonso Carotenuto, Ali Munaim Yousif, Diego Brancaccio, Salvatore Di Maro, Silvia Zappavigna, Antonio Limatola, Ettore Novellino, Paolo Grieco, Victor J Hruby
We report the development of macrocyclic melanocortin derivatives of MT-II and SHU-9119, achieved by modifying the cycle dimension, and incorporating constrained amino acids in ring-closing. This study culminated in the discovery of novel agonists/antagonists with an unprecedented activity profile, by adding pieces to the puzzle of the melanocortin receptor selec-tivity. Finally, the resulting 19- and 20-membered rings represent a suitable frame for the design of further therapeutic ligands as selective modulators of the melanocortin system...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660453/tgf-%C3%AE-1-down-regulation-in-the-mediobasal-hypothalamus-attenuates-hypothalamic-inflammation-and-protects-against-diet-induced-obesity
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Natália F Mendes, Joana M Gaspar, José C Lima-Júnior, Jose Donato, Lício A Velloso, Eliana P Araújo
BACKGROUND: The consumption of large amounts of dietary fats induces hypothalamic inflammation and impairs the function of the melanocortin system, leading to a defective regulation of caloric intake and whole-body energy expenditure. In mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD), TGF-β1 expression was increased and NF-κB signaling was activated in proopiomelanocortin neurons, which plays an important role in the obesity-associated hypothalamic inflammation scenario. However, whether excessive hypothalamic TGF-β1 impairs energy homeostasis remains unclear...
April 13, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29518483/hypothalamic-redox-balance-and-leptin-signaling-emerging-role-of-selenoproteins
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Ting Gong, Daniel J Torres, Marla J Berry, Matthew W Pitts
The hypothalamus is the central neural site governing food intake and energy expenditure. During the past 25 years, understanding of the hypothalamic cell types, hormones, and circuitry involved in the regulation of energy metabolism has dramatically increased. It is now well established that the adipocyte-derived hormone, leptin, acts upon two distinct groups of hypothalamic neurons that comprise opposing arms of the central melanocortin system. These two cell populations are anorexigenic neurons expressing proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and orexigenic neurons that express agouti-related peptide (AGRP)...
March 5, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29501261/neuronal-cilia-another-player-in-the-melanocortin-system
#5
Luis Varela, Tamas L Horvath
Melanocortin receptors play crucial roles in multiple physiological processes. Melanocortin receptor 4 (MC4R) is expressed in key brain regions, and MC4R gene mutations can cause severe obesity. However, the cellular biology of MC4R is less well understood owing to the lack of reliable methods to visualize its location. Recently, Siljee and colleagues localized MC4R to the cilia of the neurons within the hypothalamus and showed that cilial expression of MC4R is crucial for the control of metabolic phenotype...
February 28, 2018: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29466028/analysis-of-the-impact-of-common-polymorphisms-of-the-fto-and-mc4r-genes-with-the-risk-of-severe-obesity-in-saudi-arabian-population
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Cyril Cyrus, Mona H Ismail, Shahanas Chathoth, Chittibabu Vatte, Majd Hasen, Amein Al Ali
BACKGROUND: Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide resulting in a serious public health problem. In Saudi Arabia, 28.7% of the population is obese due largely to the adoption of western dietary patterns over the last decade. The Fat-mass and obesity associated (FTO) and melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) genes are ubiquitously expressed in the brain and pancreatic islets, and are the main link between the central nervous system and energy homeostasis based on food intake and energy expenditure...
February 21, 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440124/sorcs1-and-sorcs3-control-energy-balance-and-orexigenic-peptide-production
#7
Aygul Subkhangulova, Anna R Malik, Guido Hermey, Oliver Popp, Gunnar Dittmar, Thomas Rathjen, Matthew N Poy, Alexander Stumpf, Prateep Sanker Beed, Dietmar Schmitz, Tilman Breiderhoff, Thomas E Willnow
SORCS1 and SORCS3 are two related sorting receptors expressed in neurons of the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Using mouse models with individual or dual receptor deficiencies, we document a previously unknown function of these receptors in central control of metabolism. Specifically, SORCS1 and SORCS3 act as intracellular trafficking receptors for tropomyosin-related kinase B to attenuate signaling by brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a potent regulator of energy homeostasis. Loss of the joint action of SORCS1 and SORCS3 in mutant mice results in excessive production of the orexigenic neuropeptide agouti-related peptide and in a state of chronic energy excess characterized by enhanced food intake, decreased locomotor activity, diminished usage of lipids as metabolic fuel, and increased adiposity, albeit at overall reduced body weight...
February 12, 2018: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378226/membrane-initiated-estrogen-signaling-via-gq-coupled-gpcr-in-the-central-nervous-system
#8
Gwyndolin Vail, Troy A Roepke
The last few decades have revealed increasing complexity and depth to our knowledge of receptor-mediated estrogen signaling. Nuclear estrogen receptors (ERs) ERα and ERβ remain the fundamental dogma, but developing research targeting membrane-bound ERs urges for a more expanded view on ER signaling. ERα and ERβ are also involved in membrane-delineated signaling alongside membrane-specific G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER1), ER-X, and the Gq-coupled membrane ER (Gq-mER). Membrane ERs are responsible for eliciting rapid responses to estrogen signaling, and their importance has been increasingly indicated in central nervous system (CNS) regulation of such functions as reproduction, energy homeostasis, and stress...
January 26, 2018: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29363944/structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-a-macrocyclic-agrp-mimetic-scaffold-c-pro-arg-phe-phe-asn-ala-phe-dpro-yield-potent-and-selective-melanocortin-4-receptor-antagonists-and-melanocortin-5-receptor-inverse-agonists-that-increase-food-intake-in-mice
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Katlyn A Fleming, Mark D Ericson, Katie T Freeman, Danielle N Adank, Mary M Lunzer, Stacey L Wilber, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
The melanocortin system has five receptors, and antagonists of the central melanocortin receptors (MC3R, MC4R) are postulated to be viable therapeutics for disorders of negative energy balance such as anorexia, cachexia, and failure to thrive. Agouti-related protein (AGRP) is an antagonist of the MC3R and an antagonist/inverse agonist of the MC4R. Biophysical NMR-based structural studies have demonstrated that the active sequence of this hormone, Arg-Phe-Phe, is located on an exposed β-hairpin loop. It has previously been demonstrated that the macrocyclic octapeptide scaffold c[Pro1 -Arg2 -Phe3 -Phe4 -Asn5 -Ala6 -Phe7 -DPro8 ] is 16-fold less potent than AGRP at the mouse MC4R (mMC4R)...
February 13, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29360464/molecular-characterization-of-feline-melanocortin-4-receptor-and-melanocortin-2-receptor-accessory-protein-2
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Makoto Habara, Nobuko Mori, Yuki Okada, Koh Kawasumi, Nobuhiro Nakao, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Toshiro Arai, Ichiro Yamamoto
Melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R), which is a member of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family, mediates regulation of energy homeostasis upon the binding of α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) in the central nervous system (CNS). Melanocortin 2 receptor accessory protein 2 (MRAP2) modulates the function of MC4R. We performed cDNA cloning of cat MC4R and MRAP2 and characterized their amino acid sequences, mRNA expression patterns in cat tissues, protein-protein interactions, and functions. We found high sequence homology (>88%) with other mammalian MC4R and MRAP2 encoding 332 and 206 amino acid residues, respectively...
May 15, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317531/melanocortin-overexpression-limits-diet-induced-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-ldlr-mice
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Salla Nuutinen, Liisa Ailanen, Eriika Savontaus, Petteri Rinne
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the arteries. The disease is initiated by endothelial dysfunction that allows the transport of leukocytes and low-density lipoprotein into the vessel wall forming atherosclerotic plaques. The melanocortin system is an endogenous peptide system that regulates, for example, energy homeostasis and cardiovascular function. Melanocortin treatment with endogenous or synthetic melanocortin peptides reduces body weight, protects the endothelium and alleviates vascular inflammation, but the long-term effects of melanocortin system activation on atheroprogression remain largely unknown...
March 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316344/widespread-dynamic-and-pleiotropic-expression-of-the-melanocortin-1-receptor-mc1r-system-is-conserved-across-chick-mouse-and-human-embryonic-development
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Anna C Thomas, Pauline Heux, Chloe Santos, Wisenave Arulvasan, Nita Solanky, Magalie E Carey, Dianne Gerrelli, Veronica A Kinsler, Heather C Etchevers
BACKGROUND: MC1R, a G-protein coupled receptor with high affinity for alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (αMSH), modulates pigment production in melanocytes from many species and is associated with human melanoma risk. MC1R mutations affecting human skin and hair color also have pleiotropic effects on the immune response and analgesia. Variants affecting human pigmentation in utero alter the congenital phenotype of both oculocutaneous albinism and congenital melanocytic naevi, and have a possible effect on birthweight...
March 15, 2018: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297124/metabolic-parameters-and-functional-state-of-hypothalamic-signaling-systems-in-a-y-a-mice-with-genetic-predisposition-to-obesity-and-the-effect-of-metformin
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K V Derkach, I O Zakharova, I V Romanova, I I Zorina, A L Mikhrina, A O Shpakov
The metabolic parameters and functional state of hypothalamic systems in mice with the Yellow mutation in the Agouti locus and with obesity of the melanocortin type and the effect of metformin (MF) treatment (9 days, 200 mg/kg/day) were studied. The MF treatment led to decreased body weight and to normalization of glucose tolerance in mice. In the hypothalamus, MF restored the decreased activity of Akt kinase, the main component of leptin pathway, and normalized the increased expression of subtype 1B serotonin receptor...
November 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296625/molecular-therapy-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-obesity-by-an-autoregulatory-bdnf-vector
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Jason J Siu, Nicholas J Queen, Xianglan Liu, Wei Huang, Travis McMurphy, Lei Cao
Mutations in the melanocortin-4-receptor ( MC4R ) comprise the most common monogenic form of severe early-onset obesity, and conventional treatments are either ineffective long-term or contraindicated. Immediately downstream of MC4R-in the pathway for regulating energy balance-is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Our previous studies show that adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated hypothalamic BDNF gene transfer alleviates obesity and diabetes in both diet-induced and genetic models. To facilitate clinical translation, we developed a built-in autoregulatory system to control therapeutic gene expression mimicking the body's natural feedback systems...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290621/a-gut-brain-axis-regulating-glucose-metabolism-mediated-by-bile-acids-and-competitive-fibroblast-growth-factor-actions-at-the-hypothalamus
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Shunmei Liu, Genevieve Marcelin, Clemence Blouet, Jae Hoon Jeong, Young-Hwan Jo, Gary J Schwartz, Streamson Chua
OBJECTIVE: Bile acids have been implicated as important regulators of glucose metabolism via activation of FXR and GPBAR1. We have previously shown that FGF19 can modulate glucose handling by suppressing the activity of hypothalamic AGRP/NPY neurons. As bile acids stimulate the release of FGF19/FGF15 into the circulation, we pursued the potential of bile acids to improve glucose tolerance via a gut-brain axis involving FXR and FGF15/FGF19 within enterocytes and FGF receptors on hypothalamic AGRP/NPY neurons...
February 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275211/up-regulation-of-pomc-and-cart-mrnas-by-intermittent-hypoxia-via-gata-transcription-factors-in-human-neuronal-cells
#16
Ryogo Shobatake, Ken Takasawa, Hiroyo Ota, Asako Itaya-Hironaka, Akiyo Yamauchi, Sumiyo Sakuramoto-Tsuchida, Tomoko Uchiyama, Mai Makino, Kazuma Sugie, Shin Takasawa, Satoshi Ueno
Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is characterized by intermittent hypoxia (IH) during sleep. SAS and obesity are strongly related to each other. Here, we investigated the effect of IH on the expression of major appetite regulatory genes in human neuronal cells. We exposed NB-1, SH-SY5Y, and SK-N-SH human neuronal cells to IH (64 cycles of 5 min hypoxia and 10 min normoxia), normoxia, or sustained hypoxia for 24 h and measured the mRNA levels of proopiomelanocortin (POMC), cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), galanin, galanin-like peptide, ghrelin, pyroglutamylated RFamide peptide, agouti-related peptide, neuropeptide Y, and melanocortin 4 receptor by real-time RT-PCR...
February 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206201/selection-on-the-major-color-gene-melanocortin-1-receptor-shaped-the-evolution-of-the-melanocortin-system-genes
#17
Linda Dib, Luis M San-Jose, Anne-Lyse Ducrest, Nicolas Salamin, Alexandre Roulin
Modular genetic systems and networks have complex evolutionary histories shaped by selection acting on single genes as well as on their integrated function within the network. However, uncovering molecular coevolution requires the detection of coevolving sites in sequences. Detailed knowledge of the functions of each gene in the system is also necessary to identify the selective agents driving coevolution. Using recently developed computational tools, we investigated the effect of positive selection on the coevolution of ten major genes in the melanocortin system, responsible for multiple physiological functions and human diseases...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198512/understanding-the-role-of-serotonin-in-female-hypoactive-sexual-desire-disorder-and-treatment-options
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REVIEW
Harry A Croft
BACKGROUND: The neurobiology of sexual response is driven in part by dopamine and serotonin-the former modulating excitatory pathways and the latter regulating inhibitory pathways. Neurobiological underpinnings of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) are seemingly related to overactive serotonin activity that results in underactive dopamine activity. As such, pharmacologic agents that decrease serotonin, increase dopamine, or some combination thereof, have therapeutic potential for HSDD...
December 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177811/genetic-and-syndromic-causes-of-obesity-and-its-management
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REVIEW
Ildiko H Koves, Christian Roth
The aim of this article is to provide an in depth review of the rare genetic and syndromic forms of childhood obesity. The authors demonstrate the complexity and inter-relationships of the leptin-melanocortin signaling pathway and its central nervous system and systemic effects. Authors highlight the clinical distinctive features of genetic/syndromic causes for childhood obesity, in particular, relative shorter height to their genetic potential, developmental challenges and in some instances, ophthalmological and retina changes...
November 27, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131966/activation-of-the-central-melanocortin-system-in-rats-persistently-reduces-body-and-fat-mass-independently-of-caloric-reduction
#20
Isabelle Côté, Sara M Green, Drake Morgan, Christy S Carter, Nihal Tümer, Philip J Scarpace
Recent evidence indicate that melanotan II (MTII) reduces body mass independently of caloric reduction. Because MTII induces a transient hypophagia, caloric reduction is still considered a primary mechanism for MTII-mediated body mass loss. To examine the contribution of caloric reduction to long-term body mass loss in response to MTII, we centrally infused MTII or vehicle in ad libitum fed (MTII and Control) animals in comparison with a group of animals that were pair-fed (PF) to the MTII group. Food intake and body mass were recorded daily, and body composition was assessed biweekly...
March 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
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