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Melanocortin activity

Joon Kyungjoon Lim, Sandra Burke, Geoffrey Head
OBJECTIVE: Obesity during pregnancy is associated with a greater risk of developing hypertension in the offspring. Plasma leptin levels correlate strongly with blood pressure and renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA). The ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) is a key centre of energy homeostasis, haemodynamic and sympathetic tone to renal vasculature. It is possible that exposure to over-nutrition during development change the activity of the neurons, amplifying sympathetic output leading to hypertension in the offspring...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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
Jia Sun, Yong Gao, Ting Yao, Yiru Huang, Zhenyan He, Xingxing Kong, Kai-Jiang Yu, Rui-Tao Wang, Hongbo Guo, Jianqun Yan, Yongsheng Chang, Hong Chen, Philipp E Scherer, Tiemin Liu, Kevin W Williams
OBJECTIVE: Adiponectin receptors (AdipoRs) are located on neurons of the hypothalamus involved in metabolic regulation - including arcuate proopiomelanocortin (Pomc) and Neuropeptide Y/Agouti-related peptide (NPY/AgRP) neurons. AdipoRs play a critical role in regulating glucose and fatty acid metabolism by initiating several signaling cascades overlapping with Leptin receptors (LepRs). However, the mechanism by which adiponectin regulates cellular activity in the brain remains undefined...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Maria Manfredi-Lozano, Juan Roa, Francisco Ruiz-Pino, Richard Piet, David Garcia-Galiano, Rafael Pineda, Aurora Zamora, Silvia Leon, Miguel A Sanchez-Garrido, Antonio Romero-Ruiz, Carlos Dieguez, Maria Jesus Vazquez, Allan E Herbison, Leonor Pinilla, Manuel Tena-Sempere
OBJECTIVE: Puberty is a key developmental phenomenon highly sensitive to metabolic modulation. Worrying trends of changes in the timing of puberty have been reported in humans. These might be linked to the escalating prevalence of childhood obesity and could have deleterious impacts on later (cardio-metabolic) health, but their underlying mechanisms remain unsolved. The neuropeptide α-MSH, made by POMC neurons, plays a key role in energy homeostasis by mediating the actions of leptin and likely participates in the control of reproduction...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
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
Joon Kyungjoon Lim, Sandra Burke, Geoffrey Head
OBJECTIVE: Obesity during pregnancy is associated with a greater risk of developing hypertension in the offspring. Plasma leptin levels correlate strongly with blood pressure and renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA). The ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) is a key centre of energy homeostasis, haemodynamic and sympathetic tone to renal vasculature. It is possible that exposure to over-nutrition during development change the activity of the neurons, amplifying sympathetic output leading to hypertension in the offspring...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kazuomi Sato, Ryosuke Ando, Honoka Kobayashi, Takashi Nishio
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are frequently used for the treatment of inflammation, pain, and fever. In this study, we found that 2-ethoxybenzamide (ETZ) significantly enhanced melanin synthesis in B16F1 melanoma cells, and also induced melanosome formation. Therefore, we investigated the mechanism by which ETZ up-regulated melanin synthesis. Western blot analysis demonstrated that ETZ increased melanogenic protein levels, except that for TRP-2. Moreover, semi-quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time RT-PCR analyses showed that ETZ enhanced the mRNA levels of melanogenic genes, including microphthalmia-associated transcription factor and melanocortin 1 receptor...
September 16, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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
Jose P Silva, Guerline Lambert, Derek van Booven, Claes Wahlestedt
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological and animal studies have reported that prenatal nicotine exposure (PNE) leads to obesity and type-2 diabetes in offspring. Central leptin-melanocortin signaling via hypothalamic arcuate proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons is crucial for the regulation of energy and glucose balance. Furthermore, hypothalamic POMC neurons were recently found to mediate the anorectic effects of nicotine through activation of acetylcholine receptors. Here, we hypothesized that PNE impairs leptin-melanocortinergic regulation of energy balance in first-generation offspring by altering expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) putatively regulating development and/or function of hypothalamic POMC neurons...
2016: Genome Medicine
Viki B Swope, Zalfa A Abdel-Malek
The membrane bound melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), and the endothelin B receptor (ENDBR) are two G-protein coupled receptors that play important roles in constitutive regulation of melanocytes and their response to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), the main etiological factor for melanoma. The human MC1R is a Gs protein-coupled receptor, which is activated by its agonists α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-melanocortin; α-MSH) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The ENDBR is a Gq coupled-receptor, which is activated by Endothelin (ET)-3 during embryonic development, and ET-1 postnatally...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
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
Mila F M Madeira, Celso M Queiroz-Junior, Trinidad Montero-Melendez, Silvia M C Werneck, Jôice D Corrêa, Frederico M Soriani, Gustavo P Garlet, Daniele G Souza, Mauro M Teixeira, Tarcilia A Silva, Mauro Perretti
Alveolar bone loss is a result of an aggressive form of periodontal disease (PD) associated with Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) infection. PD is often observed with other systemic inflammatory conditions, including arthritis. Melanocortin peptides activate specific receptors to exert antiarthritic properties, avoiding excessing inflammation and modulating macrophage function. Recent work has indicated that melanocortin can control osteoclast development and function, but whether such protection takes place in infection-induced alveolar bone loss has not been investigated...
August 17, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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
Cristina García-Cáceres, Carmelo Quarta, Luis Varela, Yuanqing Gao, Tim Gruber, Beata Legutko, Martin Jastroch, Pia Johansson, Jovica Ninkovic, Chun-Xia Yi, Ophelia Le Thuc, Klara Szigeti-Buck, Weikang Cai, Carola W Meyer, Paul T Pfluger, Ana M Fernandez, Serge Luquet, Stephen C Woods, Ignacio Torres-Alemán, C Ronald Kahn, Magdalena Götz, Tamas L Horvath, Matthias H Tschöp
We report that astrocytic insulin signaling co-regulates hypothalamic glucose sensing and systemic glucose metabolism. Postnatal ablation of insulin receptors (IRs) in glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-expressing cells affects hypothalamic astrocyte morphology, mitochondrial function, and circuit connectivity. Accordingly, astrocytic IR ablation reduces glucose-induced activation of hypothalamic pro-opio-melanocortin (POMC) neurons and impairs physiological responses to changes in glucose availability...
August 11, 2016: Cell
Victor J Hruby
Design of biologically active peptides is of critical importance for the development of potent, selective, nontoxic bioavailable drugs. A major approach that has been developed to accomplish this is the development of methods for the design and synthesis of a wide variety of cyclic peptides and peptidomimetics. In this short and general review, we outline the methods that have been developed for cyclization of peptides and how these have been used for peptide and peptidomimetic design using the melanotropin peptides and melanocortin receptors MC1R, MC3R, MC4R and MC5R to illustrate aspects of this approach...
August 3, 2016: Biopolymers
Cathrine Laustrup Møller, Rasmus Kjøbsted, Pablo J Enriori, Thomas Elbenhardt Jensen, Cecilia Garcia-Rudaz, Sara A Litwak, Kirsten Raun, Jørgen Wojtaszewski, Birgitte Schjellerup Wulff, Michael A Cowley
The melanocortin system includes five G-protein coupled receptors (family A) defined as MC1R-MC5R, which are stimulated by endogenous agonists derived from proopiomelanocortin (POMC). The melanocortin system has been intensely studied for its central actions in body weight and energy expenditure regulation, which are mainly mediated by MC4R. The pituitary gland is the source of various POMC-derived hormones released to the circulation, which raises the possibility that there may be actions of the melanocortins on peripheral energy homeostasis...
2016: PloS One
Timo D Müller, Matthias H Tschöp, Stephen O'Rahilly
Pro-opiomelanocortin deficiency is a rare cause of severe intractable obesity. Two patients have experienced dramatic weight loss in response to setmelanotide, a melanocortin-4 receptor activator. The drug has potential in broader populations, but caution is warranted as it may act at other melanocortin receptors.
August 9, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Nada El Ghorayeb, Isabelle Bourdeau, André Lacroix
The major physiological regulators of aldosterone production from the adrenal zona glomerulosa are potassium and angiotensin II; other acute regulators include adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and serotonin. Their interactions with G-protein coupled hormone receptors activate cAMP/PKA pathway thereby regulating intracellular calcium flux and CYP11B2 transcription, which is the specific steroidogenic enzyme of aldosterone synthesis. In primary aldosteronism (PA), the increased production of aldosterone and resultant relative hypervolemia inhibits the renin and angiotensin system; aldosterone secretion is mostly independent from the suppressed renin-angiotensin system, but is not autonomous, as it is regulated by a diversity of other ligands of various eutopic or ectopic receptors, in addition to activation of calcium flux resulting from mutations of various ion channels...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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