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Melanocortin 4 receptor

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
August 31, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Betty R McConn, Justin Matias, Guoqing Wang, Mark A Cline, Elizabeth R Gilbert
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the effects of high-protein and high-fat diets, and fasting and refeeding, on appetite regulation in chicks. METHODS: Day of hatch chicks were fed one of four diets: basal, high protein (25% crude protein), and 15 and 30% high fat (15 and 30% metabolizable energy derived from soybean oil, respectively), and assigned to one of three treatments at 4 days: (1) access to feed, (2) 3 hours of fasting, or (3) fasting followed by 1 hour of refeeding...
August 16, 2016: Nutritional Neuroscience
Tao Tao Liu, Bao Wen Liu, Zhi Gang He, Li Feng, San Guang Liu, Hong Bing Xiang
To examine if brain neurons involved in the efferent control of the kidneys possess melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4-R) and/or tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH). Retrograde tracing pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 was injected into the kidneys in adult male MC4R-green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic mice. After a survival time of 3-7 days, spinal cord and brain were removed and sectioned, and processed for PRV-614 visualization. The neurochemical phenotype of PRV-614-positive neurons was identified using double or triple immunocytochemical labeling against PRV-614, MC4R, or TPH...
September 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Seong Lin Teoh, Srijit Das
Obesity continues to be a major global problem. Various cancers are related to obesity and proper understanding of their aetiology, especially their molecular tumour biology is important for early diagnosis and better treatment. Genes play an important role in the development of obesity. Few genes such as leptin, leptin receptor encoded by the db (diabetes), pro-opiomelanocortin, AgRP and NPY and melanocortin-4 receptors and insulin-induced gene 2 were linked to obesity. MicroRNAs control gene expression via mRNA degradation and protein translation inhibition and influence cell differentiation, cell growth and cell death...
September 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Evi Glas, Harald Mückter, Thomas Gudermann, Andreas Breit
Gs protein-coupled receptors regulate many vital body functions by activation of cAMP response elements (CRE) via cAMP-dependent kinase A (PKA)-mediated phosphorylation of the CRE binding protein (CREB). Melanocortin 4 receptors (MC4R) are prototypical Gs-coupled receptors that orchestrate the hypothalamic control of food-intake and metabolism. Remarkably, the significance of PKA for MC4R-induced CRE-dependent transcription in hypothalamic cells has not been rigorously interrogated yet. In two hypothalamic cell lines, we observed that blocking PKA activity had only weak or no effects on reporter gene expression...
2016: Scientific Reports
Julie-Ann P De Bond, Kristen P Tolson, Chanond Nasamran, Alexander S Kauffman, Jeremy T Smith
Kisspeptin controls reproduction by stimulating GnRH neurons via its receptor Kiss1r. Kiss1r is also expressed other brain areas and in peripheral tissues, suggesting additional non-reproductive roles. We recently determined that Kiss1r knockout (KO) mice develop an obese and diabetic phenotype. Here, we investigated whether Kiss1r KOs develop this metabolic phenotype due to 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 receptor 3 and 4 (Mc3r, Mc4r)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Eun Jin Kwon, Hye Ah Lee, Young-Ah You, Hyesook Park, Su Jin Cho, Eun Hee Ha, Young Ju Kim
The association of preterm birth with obesity and metabolic syndrome later in life is well established. Although the biological mechanism for this association is poorly understood, epigenetic alterations of metabolic-related genes in early life may have important roles in metabolic dysfunction. Thus, we investigated the associations of DNA methylations of melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) and hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha (HNF4α) with metabolic profiles in cord blood of term and preterm infants.We measured metabolic profiles in cord blood samples of 85 term and 85 preterm infants...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Fabio Lauria, Alfonso Siani, Catalina Picó, Wolfgang Ahrens, Karin Bammann, Stefaan De Henauw, Ronja Foraita, Licia Iacoviello, Yiannis Kourides, Staffan Marild, Denes Molnar, Luis A Moreno, Yannis Pitsiladis, Juana Sánchez, Toomas Veidebaum, Guan Wang, Paola Russo
CONTEXT: The melanocortin-4 receptor gene (MC4R) plays a pivotal role in the regulation of body fat and food and energy intake. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association 1) of variants rs17782313 and rs17700633 nearby the coding region of MC4R and 2) of the transcript levels of MC4R with adiposity indices and percentage of energy from fat, carbohydrates and protein in children. DESIGN: The IDEFICS cohort was used, with examinations at baseline (T0) and after 2 years (T1)...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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
H Y Tan, F J Steyn, L Huang, M Cowley, J D Veldhuis, C Chen
KEY POINTS: Loss of function of the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) results in hyperphagia, obesity and increased growth. Despite knowing that MC4Rs control food intake, we are yet to understand why defects in the function of the MC4R receptor contribute to rapid linear growth. We show that hyperphagia following germline loss of MC4R in male mice promotes growth while suppressing the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor-1 (GH-IGF-1) axis. We propose that hyperinsulinaemia promotes growth while suppressing the GH-IGF-1 axis...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Anne Müller, Lars Niederstadt, Wenke Jonas, Chun-Xia Yi, Franziska Meyer, Petra Wiedmer, Jana Fischer, Carsten Grötzinger, Annette Schürmann, Matthias Tschöp, Gunnar Kleinau, Annette Grüters, Heiko Krude, Heike Biebermann
Intact melanocortin signaling via the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), melanocortin receptor 4 (MC4R), and melanocortin receptor 3 (MC3R) is crucial for body weight maintenance. So far, no connection between melanocortin signaling and hypothalamic inflammation has been reported. Using a bimolecular fluorescence complementation library screen, we identified a new interaction partner for these receptors, ring finger protein 11 (RNF11). RNF11 participates in the constitution of the A20 complex that is involved in reduction of tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα)-induced NFκB signaling, an important pathway in hypothalamic inflammation...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Frank T Spradley, Jennifer M Sasser, Jacqueline B Musall, Jennifer C Sullivan, Joey P Granger
Although obesity increases the risk for hypertension in pregnancy, the mechanisms responsible are unknown. Increased nitric oxide (NO) production results in vasodilation and reduced blood pressure during normal pregnancy in lean rats; however, the role of NO is less clear during obese pregnancies. We examined the impact of obesity on NO synthase (NOS)-mediated regulation of blood pressure during pregnancy by testing the hypothesis that NOS activity, expression and regulation of vascular tone and blood pressure are reduced in obese pregnant rats...
August 17, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Laura Schonnop, Gunnar Kleinau, Nikolas Herrfurth, Anna-Lena Volckmar, Cigdem Cetindag, Anne Müller, Triinu Peters, Stephan Herpertz, Jochen Antel, Johannes Hebebrand, Heike Biebermann, Anke Hinney
OBJECTIVE: The melanocortin receptor accessory protein 2 (MRAP2) is relevant for weight regulation in mice and humans. This function is likely mediated by regulation of the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R). Functional implications of human MRAP2 mutations have not been described yet. METHODS: A mutation screen was conducted in MRAP2 in 184 children and adolescents with (extreme) obesity and in 184 lean controls. Detected nonsynonymous variants were genotyped in larger independent study groups (300 people with obesity and 436 individuals with normal weight)...
September 2016: Obesity
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