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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207798/altered-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-mice-lacking-both-the-melanocortin-type-4-receptor-and-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor
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Vera Lede, Andrej Meusel, Antje Garten, Yulia Popkova, Melanie Penke, Christin Franke, Albert Ricken, Angela Schulz, Wieland Kiess, Daniel Huster, Torsten Schöneberg, Jürgen Schiller
Obesity is often associated with dyslipidemia and hepatosteatosis. A number of animal models of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are established but they significantly differ in the molecular and biochemical changes depending on the genetic modification and diet used. Mice deficient for melanocortin type 4 receptor (Mc4rmut) develop hyperphagia, obesity, and subsequently NAFLD already under regular chow and resemble more closely the energy supply-driven obesity found in humans. This animal model was used to assess the molecular and biochemical consequences of hyperphagia-induced obesity on hepatic lipid metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152402/molecular-cloning-tissue-distribution-and-pharmacological-characterization-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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L Li, Z Yang, Y-P Zhang, S He, X-F Liang, Y-X Tao
Melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) plays a pivotal role in the mediation of leptin action on food intake and energy expenditure in mammals. The MC4R has also been identified in several teleosts, and its importance in the regulation of fish energy homeostasis is emerging. We herein reported on the molecular cloning, tissue distribution, and pharmacological characterization of MC4R in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), an economically and ecologically important fish. We showed that grass carp MC4R (ciMC4R) consisted of a 981 bp open reading frame encoding a protein of 326 amino acids, highly homologous (>95%) to several teleost MC4Rs...
November 21, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150230/melanocortin-receptor-4-gene-polymorphisms-in-glioblastoma-patients-treated-with-concomitant-radio-chemotherapy
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Francesco Pasqualetti, Paola Orlandi, Vittorio Simeon, Martina Cantarella, Daniela Giuliani, Teresa Di Desidero, Alessandra Gonnelli, Durim Delishaj, Giuseppe Lombardi, Andrea Sechi, Marc Sanson, Vittorina Zagonel, Fabiola Paiar, Romano Danesi, Salvatore Guarini, Guido Bocci
Melanocortins are peptides with well-recognized antiinflammatory and neuroprotective activity. No data are currently available on melanocortin receptor-4 (MC4R) gene polymorphisms and tumors, including glioblastomas (GBMs), or their relationship with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible predictive/prognostic role of the MC4R SNPs on GBM patients. Fifty-five patients with a proven diagnosis of GBM, treated with radiotherapy and temozolomide, were consecutively enrolled...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146118/jun-dimerization-protein-2-activates-mc2r-transcriptional-activity-role-of-phosphorylation-and-sumoylation
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Chiung-Min Wang, Raymond X Wang, Runhua Liu, Wei-Hsiung Yang
Jun dimerization protein 2 (JDP2), a basic leucine zipper transcription factor, is involved in numerous biological and cellular processes such as cancer development and regulation, cell-cycle regulation, skeletal muscle and osteoclast differentiation, progesterone receptor signaling, and antibacterial immunity. Though JDP2 is widely expressed in mammalian tissues, its function in gonads and adrenals (such as regulation of steroidogenesis and adrenal development) is largely unknown. Herein, we find that JDP2 mRNA and proteins are expressed in mouse adrenal gland tissues...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138237/preparation-cytotoxicity-and-in-vivo-antitumor-efficacy-of-111-in-labeled-modular-nanotransporters
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Tatiana A Slastnikova, Andrey A Rosenkranz, Natalia B Morozova, Maria S Vorontsova, Vasiliy M Petriev, Tatiana N Lupanova, Alexey V Ulasov, Michael R Zalutsky, Raisa I Yakubovskaya, Alexander S Sobolev
PURPOSE: Modular nanotransporters (MNTs) are a polyfunctional platform designed to achieve receptor-specific delivery of short-range therapeutics into the cell nucleus by receptor-mediated endocytosis, endosome escape, and targeted nuclear transport. This study evaluated the potential utility of the MNT platform in tandem with Auger electron emitting (111)In for cancer therapy. METHODS: Three MNTs developed to target either melanocortin receptor-1 (MC1R), folate receptor (FR), or epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) that are overexpressed on cancer cells were modified with p-SCN-Bn-NOTA and then labeled with (111)In in high specific activity...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103316/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-protects-against-cytokine-induced-barrier-damage-in-caco-2-intestinal-epithelial-monolayers
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Judit Váradi, András Harazin, Ferenc Fenyvesi, Katalin Réti-Nagy, Péter Gogolák, György Vámosi, Ildikó Bácskay, Pálma Fehér, Zoltán Ujhelyi, Gábor Vasvári, Eszter Róka, David Haines, Mária A Deli, Miklós Vecsernyés
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a potent anti-inflammatory peptide with cytoprotective effect in various tissues. The present investigation demonstrates the ability of α-MSH to interact with intestinal epithelial cell monolayers and mitigate inflammatory processes of the epithelial barrier. The protective effect of α-MSH was studied on Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial monolayers, which were disrupted by exposure to tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β. The barrier integrity was assessed by measuring transepithelial electric resistance (TEER) and permeability for marker molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094871/divergence-of-camp-signaling-pathways-mediating-augmented-nucleotide-excision-repair-and-pigment-induction-in-melanocytes
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Erin M Wolf Horrell, Stuart G Jarrett, Katharine M Carter, John A D'Orazio
Loss-of-function melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) polymorphisms are common in UV-sensitive fair-skinned individuals and are associated with blunted cAMP second messenger signaling and higher lifetime risk of melanoma because of diminished ability of melanocytes to cope with UV damage. cAMP signaling positions melanocytes to resist UV injury by up-regulating synthesis of UV-blocking eumelanin pigment and by enhancing the repair of UV-induced DNA damage. cAMP enhances melanocyte nucleotide excision repair (NER), the genome maintenance pathway responsible for the removal of mutagenic UV photolesions, through cAMP-activated protein kinase (protein kinase A)-mediated phosphorylation of the ataxia telangiectasia mutated and Rad3 related (ATR) protein on the S435 residue...
January 17, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093215/melanocortin-4-receptor-constitutive-activity-inhibits-l-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-neurons
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F Agosti, S Cordisco Gonzalez, V Martinez Damonte, M J Tolosa, N Di Siervi, H B Schioth, C Davio, M Perello, J Raingo
The melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is expressed in several brain nuclei playing a crucial role in the regulation of energy balance controlling the homeostasis of the organism. It displays both agonist-evoked and constitutive activity, and moreover, it can couple to different G proteins. Most of the research on MC4R has been focused on agonist-induced activity, while the molecular and cellular basis of MC4R constitutive activity remains scarcely studied. We have previously shown that neuronal N-type voltage-gated calcium channels (CaV2...
January 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081251/physical-activity-and-sedentary-behaviors-modify-the-association-between-melanocortin-4-receptor-gene-variant-and-obesity-in-chinese-children-and-adolescents
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Jie-Yun Song, Qi-Ying Song, Shuo Wang, Jun Ma, Hai-Jun Wang
Effects of MC4R variants in previous Chinese population studies were inconsistent. Gene-environment interactions might influence the effect of MC4R variants on obesity, which was still unclear. We performed the study to clarify the association of variants near MC4R gene with obesity-related phenotypes and gene-environment interactions in Chinese children and adolescents. Two common variants (rs12970134 and rs17782313) near MC4R were genotyped in 2179 children and adolescents aged 7-18 years in Beijing of China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073831/deletion-of-protein-kinase-c-lambda-in-pomc-neurons-predisposes-to-diet-induced-obesity
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Mauricio D Dorfman, Jordan E Krull, Jarrad M Scarlett, Stephan J Guyenet, Mini P Sajan, Vincent Damian, Hong T Nguyen, Michael Leitges, Gregory J Morton, Robert V Farese, Michael W Schwartz, Joshua P Thaler
Effectors of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signal transduction pathway contribute to the hypothalamic regulation of energy and glucose homeostasis in divergent ways. Here we show that CNS action of the PI3K signaling intermediate atypical protein kinase C (aPKC) constrains food intake, weight gain, and glucose intolerance in both rats and mice. Pharmacologic inhibition of CNS aPKC activity acutely increases food intake and worsens glucose tolerance in chow-fed rodents and causes excess weight gain during high fat diet (HFD) feeding...
January 10, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063031/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-afamelanotide-and-its-clinical-use-in-treating-dermatologic-disorders
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REVIEW
Elisabeth I Minder, Jasmin Barman-Aksoezen, Xiaoye Schneider-Yin
Afamelanotide, the first α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) analogue, synthesized in 1980, was broadly investigated in all aspects of pigmentation because its activity and stability were higher than the natural hormone. Afamelanotide binds to the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), and MC1R signaling increases melanin synthesis, induces antioxidant activities, enhances DNA repair processes and modulates inflammation. The loss-of-function variants of the MC1R present in fair-skinned Caucasians are less effectively activated by the natural hormone...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051332/activation-of-the-central-melanocortin-system-chronically-reduces-body-mass-without-the-necessity-of-long-term-caloric-restriction
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I Côté, Y Sakarya, N Kirichenko, D Morgan, C S Carter, N Tümer, P J Scarpace
Melanotan II (MTII) is a potent appetite suppressor that rapidly reduces body mass. Given the rapid loss of anorexic response upon chronic MTII treatment, most investigations have focused on the initial physiological adaptations. However, other evidence supports MTII as a long-term modulator of energy balance that remains to be established. Therefore, we examined the chronic effects of MTII on energy homeostasis. MTII (high or low dose) or artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) was infused into the lateral ventricle of the brain of 6-month-old F344BN rats (6-7/group) over 40 days...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048872/we-fg-bra-10-radiodosimetry-of-a-novel-alpha-particle-therapy-targeted-to-uveal-melanoma-absorbed-dose-to-organs-in-mice
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Christopher J Tichacek, Narges K Tafreshi, Mikalai M Budzevich, Epifanio Ruiz, Thaddeus J Wadas, Mark L McLaughlin, Eduardo G Moros, David L Morse
PURPOSE: The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) is expressed in 94% of uveal melanomas and is described as an ideal target for this untreatable disease. MC1RL is a high affinity MC1R specific peptidomimetic ligand that can serve as a scaffold for therapeutic conjugates such as alpha particle emitting isotopes. The purpose of this study was to assess normal tissue distribution and risk as a result of using the DOTA chelator conjugated to MC1RL to deliver (225) Ac: MC1RL-DOTA-(225) Ac. METHODS: 17 non-tumor bearing BALB/c mice were intravenously injected with the novel MC1RL-DOTA-(225) Ac radiopharmaceutical with an average initial administered activity of 2...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045525/a-macrocyclic-agouti-related-protein-nle-4-dphe-7-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-chimeric-scaffold-produces-subnanomolar-melanocortin-receptor-ligands
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Mark D Ericson, Katie T Freeman, Sathya M Schnell, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
The melanocortin system consists of five receptor subtypes, endogenous agonists, and naturally occurring antagonists. These receptors and ligands have been implicated in numerous biological pathways including processes linked to obesity and food intake. Herein, a truncation structure-activity relationship study of chimeric agouti-related protein (AGRP)/[Nle4,DPhe7]α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (NDP-MSH) ligands is reported. The tetrapeptide His-DPhe-Arg-Trp or tripeptide DPhe-Arg-Trp replaced the Arg-Phe-Phe sequence in the AGRP active loop derivative c[Pro-Arg-Phe-Phe-Xxx-Ala-Phe-DPro], where Xxx was the native Asn of AGRP or a diaminopropionic (Dap) acid residue previously shown to increase antagonist potency at the mMC4R...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028605/neuropeptide-systems-and-new-treatments-for-nicotine-addiction
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REVIEW
Adriaan W Bruijnzeel
RATIONALE: The mildly euphoric and cognitive enhancing effects of nicotine play a role in the initiation of smoking, while dysphoria and anxiety associated with smoking cessation contribute to relapse. After the acute withdrawal phase, smoking cues, a few cigarettes (i.e., lapse), and stressors can cause relapse. Human and animal studies have shown that neuropeptides play a critical role in nicotine addiction. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this paper is to describe the role of neuropeptide systems in the initiation of nicotine intake, nicotine withdrawal, and the reinstatement of extinguished nicotine seeking...
December 28, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009464/effect-of-melanotan-ii-on-brain-fos-immunoreactivity-and-oxytocin-neuronal-activity-and-secretion-in-rats
#16
Luis Paiva, Nancy Sabatier, Gareth Leng, Mike Ludwig
Melanocortins stimulate the central oxytocin systems which are involved in regulating social behaviours. Alterations in central oxytocin have been linked to neurological disorders such as autism, and melanocortins have been proposed for therapeutic treatment. Here, we investigated how systemic administration of melanotan-II (MT-II), a melanocortin agonist, affects oxytocin neuronal activity and secretion in rats. Our results show that intravenous (i.v.), but not intranasal, administration of MT-II markedly induced Fos expression in magnocellular neurones of the supraoptic (SON) and paraventricular nuclei (PVN) of the hypothalamus, and this response was attenuated by prior intracerebroventricular (i...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006784/long-term-energy-deficit-in-mice-causes-long-lasting-hypothalamic-alterations-after-recovery
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Mathieu Méquinion, Ophélia Le Thuc, Sara Zgheib, David Alexandre, Nicolas Chartrel, Carole Rovère, Pierre Hardouin, Odile Viltart, Christophe Chauveau
Although short-term effects on fasting or energy deficit on hypothalamic neuropeptide circuitries are now better understood, the effects of long-term energy deficit and refeeding remain to be elucidated. We showed that after a long-term energy deficit mice exhibited persistent hypoleptinemia following the refeeding period despite restoration of fat mass, ovarian activity and feeding behavior. We aimed to examine the hypothalamic adaptations after 10 weeks of energy deficit and after 10 further weeks of nutritional recovery...
December 23, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997171/pyrimidine-based-inhibitors-of-dynamin-i-gtpase-activity-competitive-inhibition-at-the-pleckstrin-homology-domain
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Luke R Odell, Mohammed K Abdel-Hamid, Timothy A Hill, Ngoc Chau, Kelly A Young, Fiona M Deane, Jennette A Sakoff, Sofia Andersson, James A Daniel, Phillip J Robinson, Adam McCluskey
The large GTPase dynamin mediates membrane fission during clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). The aminopyrimidine compounds were reported to disrupt dynamin localization to the plasma membrane via the PH domain and implicate this mechanism in the inhibition of CME. We have used a computational approach of binding site identification, docking, and interaction energy calculations to design and synthesize a new library of aminopyrimidine analogues targeting site-2 of the pleckstrin homology (PH) domain. The optimized analogues showed low micromolar inhibition against both dynamin I (IC50 = 10...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991864/gs%C3%AE-deficiency-in-the-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-underlies-obesity-associated-with-gs%C3%AE-mutations
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Min Chen, Yogendra B Shrestha, Brandon Podyma, Zhenzhong Cui, Benedetta Naglieri, Hui Sun, Thuy Ho, Eric A Wilson, Yong-Qi Li, Oksana Gavrilova, Lee S Weinstein
Gsα, encoded by Gnas, mediates hormone and neurotransmitter receptor-stimulated cAMP generation. Heterozygous Gsα-inactivating mutations lead to obesity in Albright hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) patients, but only when the mutations occur on the maternal allele. This parent-of-origin effect is due to Gsα imprinting in the CNS, although the relevant CNS regions are unknown. We have now shown that mice with a Gnas gene deletion disrupting Gsα expression on the maternal allele, but not the paternal allele, in the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (DMH) developed obesity and reduced energy expenditure without hyperphagia...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988176/anxiogenic-like-effects-of-fluoxetine-render-adult-male-rats-vulnerable-to-the-effects-of-a-novel-stress
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Francisca Gomez, Luis García-García
Fluoxetine (FLX) has paradoxical anxiogenic-like effects during the acute phase of treatment. In adolescent (35d-old) male rats, the stress-like effects induced by short-term (3d-4d) FLX treatment appear to involve up-regulation of paraventricular nucleus (PVN) arginine vasopressin (AVP) mRNA. However, studies on FLX-induced anxiety-like effects in adult rodents are inconclusive. Herein, we sought to study the response of adult male rats (60-65d-old) to a similar FLX treatment, also investigating how the stressful component, inherent to our experimental conditions, contributed to the responses...
February 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
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