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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916623/multiple-beneficial-effects-of-melanocortin-mc4-receptor-agonists-in-experimental-neurodegenerative-disorders-therapeutic-perspectives
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Daniela Giuliani, Alessandra Ottani, Laura Neri, Davide Zaffe, Paolo Grieco, Jerzy Jochem, Gian Maria Cavallini, Anna Catania, Salvatore Guarini
Melanocortin peptides induce neuroprotection in acute and chronic experimental neurodegenerative conditions. Melanocortins likewise counteract systemic responses to brain injuries. Furthermore, they promote neurogenesis by activating critical signaling pathways. Melanocortin-induced long-lasting improvement in synaptic activity and neurological performance, including learning and memory, sensory-motor orientation and coordinated limb use, has been consistently observed in experimental models of acute and chronic neurodegeneration...
December 1, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916541/the-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr139-is-activated-by-the-peptides-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-acth-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-%C3%AE-msh-and-%C3%AE-msh-and-the-conserved-core-motif-hfrw
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Anne Cathrine Nøhr, Mohamed A Shehata, Alexander S Hauser, Vignir Isberg, Jacek Mokrosinski, I Sadaf Farooqi, Daniel Sejer Pedersen, David E Gloriam, Hans Bräuner-Osborne
GPR139 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor that is expressed primarily in the brain. Not much is known regarding the function of GPR139. Recently we have shown that GPR139 is activated by the amino acids l-tryptophan and l-phenylalanine (EC50 values of 220 μM and 320 μM, respectively), as well as di-peptides comprised of aromatic amino acids. This led us to hypothesize that GPR139 may be activated by peptides. Sequence alignment of the binding cavities of all class A GPCRs, revealed that the binding pocket of the melanocortin 4 receptor is similar to that of GPR139...
December 1, 2016: Neurochemistry International
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/27886210/physical-activity-energy-expenditure-and-defense-of-body-weight-in-melanocortin-4-receptor-deficient-male-rats
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Tariq I Almundarij, Mark E Smyers, Addison Spriggs, Lydia A Heemstra, Lisa Beltz, Eric Dyne, Caitlyn Ridenour, Colleen M Novak
Melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) variants contribute to human obesity, and rats lacking functional MC4R (Mc4r(K314X/K314X)) are obese. We investigated the hypothesis that low energy expenditure (EE) and physical activity contribute to this obese phenotype in male rats, and determined whether lack of functional MC4R conferred protection from weight loss during 50% calorie restriction. Though Mc4r(K314X/K314X) rats showed low brown adipose Ucp1 expression and were less physically active than rats heterozygous for the mutation (Mc4r(+/K314X)) or wild-type (Mc4r(+/+)) rats, we found no evidence of lowered EE in Mc4r(K314X/K314X) rats once body weight was taken into account using covariance...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870313/hypothalamic-specific-proopiomelanocortin-deficiency-reduces-alcohol-drinking-in-male-and-female-mice
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Yan Zhou, Marcelo Rubinstein, Malcolm J Low, Mary Jeanne Kreek
Opioid receptor antagonist naltrexone reduces alcohol consumption and relapse in both humans and rodents. The present study investigated whether hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons (producing beta-endorphin and melanocortins) play a role in alcohol drinking behaviors. Both male and female mice with targeted deletion of two neuronal Pomc enhancers nPE1 and nPE2 (nPE-/-), resulting in hypothalamic-specific POMC deficiency, were studied in short-access (4-h/day) drinking-in-the-dark (DID, alcohol in one bottle), intermittent access (IA, 24-hour cycles of alcohol access every other day, alcohol vs...
November 21, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869800/a-rapidly-acting-glutamatergic-arc%C3%A2-pvh-satiety-circuit-postsynaptically-regulated-by-%C3%AE-msh
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Henning Fenselau, John N Campbell, Anne M J Verstegen, Joseph C Madara, Jie Xu, Bhavik P Shah, Jon M Resch, Zongfang Yang, Yael Mandelblat-Cerf, Yoav Livneh, Bradford B Lowell
Arcuate nucleus (ARC) neurons sense the fed or fasted state and regulate hunger. Agouti-related protein (AgRP) neurons in the ARC (ARC(AgRP) neurons) are stimulated by fasting and, once activated, they rapidly (within minutes) drive hunger. Pro-opiomelanocortin (ARC(POMC)) neurons are viewed as the counterpoint to ARC(AgRP) neurons. They are regulated in an opposite fashion and decrease hunger. However, unlike ARC(AgRP) neurons, ARC(POMC) neurons are extremely slow in affecting hunger (many hours). Thus, a temporally analogous, rapid ARC satiety pathway does not exist or is presently unidentified...
November 21, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
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/27849360/robust-reductions-of-excess-weight-and-hyperphagia-by-beloranib-in-rat-models-of-genetic-and-hypothalamic-obesity
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Clinton T Elfers, Christian L Roth
Hypothalamic lesions or deficient melanocortin (MC) signaling via MC4 receptor (MC4r) mutations often lead to hyperphagia and severe treatment resistant obesity. We tested the methionine amino peptidase 2-inhibitor beloranib (ZGN-440) in two male rat models of obesity, one modeling hypothalamic obesity (HO) with combined medial hypothalamic lesions (CMHL), and the other modeling a monogenic form of obesity with MC4r mutations (MC4rKO). In CMHL rats (age 3 months), post-surgery excess weight gain was significantly inhibited (ZGN-440 0...
November 16, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829468/fat-mass-obesity-associated-fto-rs9939609-and-melanocortin-4-receptor-mc4r-rs17782313-snp-are-positively-associated-with-obesity-and-blood-pressure-in-mexican-school-aged-children
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Pablo García-Solís, Marissa Reyes-Bastidas, Karla Flores, Olga P García, Jorge L Rosado, Lorena Méndez-Villa, Carlota Garcia-G, David García-Gutiérrez, Aarón Kuri-García, Hebert L Hernández-Montiel, Ofelia Soriano-Leon, Maria Elena Villagrán-Herrera, Juan C Solis-Sainz
Childhood overweight and obesity are worldwide public health problems and risk factors for chronic diseases. The presence of SNP in several genes has been associated with the presence of obesity. A total of 580 children (8-13 years old) from Queretaro, Mexico, participated in this cross-sectional study, which evaluated the associations of rs9939609 (fat mass obesity-associated (FTO)), rs17782313 (melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R)) and rs6548238 (transmembrane protein 18 (TMEM18)) SNP with obesity and metabolic risk factors...
November 10, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
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/27755135/genetic-analysis-of-melanocortin-1-receptor-red-hair-color-variants-in-a-russian-population-of-eastern-siberia
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Anna V Motorina, Nadezhda V Palkina, Anna V Komina, Tatiana G Ruksha, Ivan P Artyukhov, Vasily V Kozlov
The melanocortin 1 receptor is a Gs protein-coupled receptor implicated in melanogenesis regulation. The receptor gene is highly polymorphic, which accounts for the association of several of its single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with an increased risk of melanoma. The present study aimed to evaluate the distribution of melanocortin 1 receptor gene variants R151C, R160W, and D294H within the Russian population of Eastern Siberia and its association with melanoma development. Melanoma patients (n=95) admitted to Krasnoyarsk Territorial Oncological Center and healthy controls (n=334) were enrolled in the study...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738543/melanocortin-4-receptor-deficiency-phenotype-with-an-interstitial-18q-deletion-a-case-report-of-severe-childhood-obesity-and-tall-stature
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Sarah Abdullah, William Reginold, Courtney Kiss, Karen J Harrison, Jennifer J MacKenzie
Childhood obesity is a growing health concern, associated with significant physical and psychological morbidity. Childhood obesity is known to have a strong genetic component, with mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) gene being the most common monogenetic cause of obesity. Over 166 different MC4R mutations have been identified in persons with hyperphagia, severe childhood obesity, and increased linear growth. However, it is unclear whether the MC4-R deficiency phenotype is due to haploinsufficiency or dominant-negative effects by the mutant receptor...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730429/association-of-the-melanocortin-4-receptor-gene-rs17782313-polymorphism-with-rewarding-value-of-food-and-eating-behavior-in-chilean-children
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A M Obregón, K Oyarce, J L Santos, M Valladares, G Goldfield
Studies conducted in monozygotic and dizygotic twins have established a strong genetic component in eating behavior. Rare mutations and common variants of the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) gene have been linked to obesity and eating behavior scores. However, few studies have assessed common variants in MC4R gene with the rewarding value of food in children. The objective of the study was to evaluate the association between the MC4R rs17782313 polymorphism with homeostatic and non-homeostatic eating behavior patterns in Chileans children...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
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
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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/27706562/prevalence-of-mutations-in-lep-lepr-and-mc4r-genes-in-individuals-with-severe-obesity
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B Paolini, P E Maltese, I Del Ciondolo, D Tavian, S Missaglia, C Ciuoli, M Zuntini, S Cecchin, M Bertelli, G Pompucci
Obesity is a major public health concern; despite evidence of high heritability, the genetic causes of obesity remain unclear. In this study, we assessed the presence of mutations in three genes involved in the hypothalamic leptin-melanocortin regulation pathway (leptin, LEP; leptin receptor, LEPR; and melanocortin-4 receptor, MC4R), which is important for energy homeostasis in the body, in a group of patients with severe obesity. For this study, we selected 77 patients who had undergone bariatric surgery and had a pre-operative body mass index (BMI) >35 kg/m(2), early onset and a family history of being overweight...
August 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701398/divergent-effects-of-central-melanocortin-signalling-on-fat-and-sucrose-preference-in-humans
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Agatha A van der Klaauw, Julia M Keogh, Elana Henning, Cheryl Stephenson, Sarah Kelway, Victoria M Trowse, Naresh Subramanian, Stephen O'Rahilly, Paul C Fletcher, I Sadaf Farooqi
Melanocortin-4-receptor (MC4R)-expressing neurons modulate food intake and preference in rodents but their role in human food preference is unknown. Here we show that compared with lean and weight-matched controls, MC4R deficient individuals exhibited a markedly increased preference for high fat, but a significantly reduced preference for high sucrose food. These effects mirror those in Mc4r null rodents and provide evidence for a central molecular circuit influencing human macronutrient preference.
October 4, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694057/melanoma-targeting-with-99m-tc-n-pnp3-labeled-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-peptide-analogs-effects-of-cyclization-on-the-radiopharmaceutical-properties
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Davide Carta, Nicola Salvarese, Nicolò Morellato, Feng Gao, Wiebke Sihver, Hans Jurgen Pietzsch, Barbara Biondi, Paolo Ruzza, Fiorenzo Refosco, Debora Carpanese, Antonio Rosato, Cristina Bolzati
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of cyclization on the biological profile of a [(99m)Tc(N)(PNP3)]-labeled α-melanocyte stimulating hormone peptide analog. A lactam bridge-cyclized H-Cys-Ahx-βAla(3)-c[Lys(4)-Glu-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Glu(10)]-Arg(11)-Pro-Val-NH2 (NAP-NS2) and the corresponding linear H-Cys-Ahx-βAla-Nle-Asp-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Gly-NH2 (NAP-NS1) peptide were synthetized, characterized by ESI-MS spectroscopy and their melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) binding affinity was determined in B16/F10 melanoma cells...
December 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
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