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Lixian Cheng, Hui Shi, Yan Jin, Xiaoxi Li, Jinshun Pan, Yimei Lai, Yan Lin, Ya Jin, Gaurab Roy, Allan Zhao, Fanghong Li
Adipose tissue plays an important role in regulating female fertility owing to not only its energy stores but also the endocrine actions of secreted adipokines. As one of the adipokines, adiponectin is almost exclusively secreted from the fat and its circulating concentration is paradoxically reduced in obesity. Although recent studies implied a purported positive role of adiponectin in ovarian functions, definitive in vivo evidence has been sorely lacking. We have consistently observed subfertility in female adiponectin null mice, and therefore postulated a protective role of adiponectin in ovarian functions...
October 4, 2016: Endocrinology
Fazal Wahab, Muhammad Shahab, Rüdiger Behr
A large body of data suggests that body weight influences puberty onset and adult reproduction. However, the underlying mechanism of how body weight influences puberty onset and fertility is not completely understood. The hypothalamic neuronal circuit regulating reproduction is restrained by inhibitory signals during childhood. At the time of puberty, these inhibitory signals are weakened and supplanted by stimulatory signals that, in turn, stimulate the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) - a hypothalamic neuropeptide governing reproduction...
October 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Maria M Buckley, Rebecca O'Brien, Michelle Devlin, Aisling A Creed, Mark G Rae, Niall P Hyland, Eamonn M M Quigley, Declan P McKernan, Dervla O'Malley
In addition to its role in regulating energy homeostasis, the adipokine, leptin modifies gastrointestinal (GI) function. Indeed, leptin-resistant obese humans and leptin-deficient obese mice exhibit altered GI motility. In the functional GI disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), circulating leptin levels are reported to differ from healthy controls. Additionally, IBS patients display altered cytokine profiles, including elevated circulating levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin (IL)-6, which bears structural homology and similarities in intracellular signalling to leptin...
September 27, 2016: Experimental Physiology
Eun Ju Bae
Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) are an emerging class of antidiabetic drugs that constitutes approximately fifty percent of the market share of the oral hypoglycemic drugs. Its mechanism of action for lowering blood glucose is essentially via inhibition of the rapid degradation of incretin hormones, such as glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), thus the plasma concentration of GLP-1 increases, which promotes insulin secretion from the pancreatic β cells and suppresses glucagon secretion from the α cells...
August 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Shu-Na Wang, Tian-Ying Xu, Wen-Lin Li, Chao-Yu Miao
Adult neurogenesis is the process of generating new neurons throughout life in the olfactory bulb and hippocampus of most mammalian species, which is closely related to aging and disease. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), also an adipokine known as visfatin, is the rate-limiting enzyme for mammalian nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) salvage synthesis by generating nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) from nicotinamide. Recent findings from our laboratory and other laboratories have provided much evidence that NAMPT might serve as a therapeutic target to restore adult neurogenesis...
June 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Gilberto J Paz-Filho
Leptin, an adipokine synthesized and secreted mainly by the adipose tissue, has multiple effects on the regulation of food intake, energy expenditure, and metabolism. Its recently-approved analogue, metreleptin, has been evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of patients with leptin deficiency due to mutations in the leptin gene, lipodystrophy syndromes, and hypothalamic amenorrhea. In such patients, leptin replacement therapy has led to changes in brain structure and function in intra- and extrahypothalamic areas, including the hippocampus...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Maksim L Maksimov, Andrey A Svistunov, Vadim V Tarasov, Vladimir N Chubarev, Marco Ávila-Rodriguez, George E Barreto, Olga V Dralova, Gjumrakch Aliev
Obesity and metabolic syndrome (MS) are risk factors for diabetes, cancer, some cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. Pharmacotherapy should be used when the body mass index (BMI) exceeds 30 kg/m² or 27 kg/m² with comorbidity. Efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapy depend on the mechanism of action of drugs. In this context, drugs affecting the central and peripheral mediator systems such as cannabinoid receptor antagonists (Rimonabant), neuronal reuptake inhibitor of NE and 5 HT (Sibutramine), neuronal reuptake inhibitor of NE 5-HT DA (Tesofensine), agonist of 5 HT 2C receptors (Lorcaserin) have a high risk of side effects on the central nervous and cardiovascular systems when used for a long period...
2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Tsutomu Sasaki
The hypothalamus is the principal regulator of body weight and energy balance. It modulates both energy intake and energy expenditure by sensing the energy status of the body through neural inputs from the periphery as well as direct humoral inputs. Leptin, an adipokine, is one of the humoral factors responsible for alerting the hypothalamus that enough energy is stored in the periphery. Plasma leptin levels are positively linked to adiposity; leptin suppress energy intake and stimulates energy expenditure...
2015: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Charles Colin Thomas Hindmarch, Alastair V Ferguson
The subfornical organ (SFO) is a circumventricular organ recognized for its ability to sense and integrate hydromineral and hormonal circulating fluid balance signals, information which is transmitted to central autonomic nuclei to which SFO neurons project. While the role of SFO was once synonymous with physiological responses to osmotic, volumetric and cardiovascular challenge, recent data suggest that SFO neurons also sense and integrate information from circulating signals of metabolic status. Using microarrays, we have confirmed the expression of receptors already described in the SFO, and identified many novel transcripts expressed in this circumventricular organ including receptors for many of the critical circulating energy balance signals such as adiponectin, apelin, endocannabinoids, leptin, insulin and peptide YY...
March 15, 2016: Journal of Physiology
S T Ngo, F J Steyn, L Huang, S Mantovani, C M M Pfluger, T M Woodruff, J D O'Sullivan, R D Henderson, P A McCombe
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of upper cortical and lower motor neurons. ALS causes death within 2-5years of diagnosis. Diet and body mass index influence the clinical course of disease, however there is limited information about the expression of metabolic proteins and fat-derived cytokines (adipokines) in ALS. In healthy controls and subjects with ALS, we have measured levels of proteins and adipokines that influence metabolism. We find altered levels of active ghrelin, gastric inhibitory peptide (GIP), pancreatic polypeptide (PP), lipocalin-2, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and 8 (IL-8), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in the plasma of ALS patients relative to controls...
October 15, 2015: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Domenico Nuzzo, Pasquale Picone, Sara Baldassano, Luca Caruana, Elisa Messina, Antonella Marino Gammazza, Francesco Cappello, Flavia Mulè, Marta Di Carlo
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an aging-related multi-factorial disorder to which metabolic factors contribute at what has canonically been considered a centrally mediated process. Although the exact underlying mechanisms are still unknown, obesity is recognized as a risk factor for AD and the condition of insulin resistance seems to be the link between the two pathologies. Using mice with high fat diet (HFD) obesity we dissected the molecular mechanisms shared by the two disorders. Brains of HFD fed mice showed elevated levels of APP and Aβ40/Aβ42 together with BACE, GSK3β and Tau proteins involved in APP processing and Aβ accumulation...
2015: Current Alzheimer Research
Xinzhi Chen, Shangfeng Zhao, Yang Song, Yejie Shi, Rehana K Leak, Guodong Cao
As recombinant tissue plasminogen activator is the only drug approved for the clinical treatment of acute ischemic stroke, there is an urgent unmet need for novel stroke treatments. Endogenous defense mechanisms against stroke may hold the key to new therapies for stroke. A large number of studies suggest that nicotinamide phosphoribosyl-transferase (NAMPT is an attractive candidate to improve post-stroke recovery. NAMPT is a multifunctional protein and plays important roles in immunity, metabolism, aging, inflammation, and stress responses...
2015: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
Junguk Hur, Jacqueline R Dauch, Lucy M Hinder, John M Hayes, Carey Backus, Subramaniam Pennathur, Matthias Kretzler, Frank C Brosius, Eva L Feldman
To define the components of the metabolic syndrome that contribute to diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), we treated the BKS db/db mouse, an established murine model of T2DM and the metabolic syndrome, with the thiazolidinedione class drug pioglitazone. Pioglitazone treatment of BKS db/db mice produced a significant weight gain, restored glycemic control, and normalized measures of serum oxidative stress and triglycerides but had no effect on LDLs or total cholesterol. Moreover, although pioglitazone treatment normalized renal function, it had no effect on measures of large myelinated nerve fibers, specifically sural or sciatic nerve conduction velocities, but significantly improved measures of small unmyelinated nerve fiber architecture and function...
September 2015: Diabetes
Xiaoliang Qiu, Hoangha Dao, Mengjie Wang, Amelia Heston, Kaitlyn M Garcia, Alisha Sangal, Abigail R Dowling, Latrice D Faulkner, Scott C Molitor, Carol F Elias, Jennifer W Hill
Reproduction requires adequate energy stores for parents and offspring to survive. Kiss1 neurons, which are essential for fertility, have the potential to serve as the central sensors of metabolic factors that signal to the reproductive axis the presence of stored calories. Paradoxically, obesity is often accompanied by infertility. Despite excess circulating levels of insulin and leptin, obese individuals exhibit resistance to both metabolic factors in many neuron types. Thus, resistance to insulin or leptin in Kiss1 neurons could lead to infertility...
2015: PloS One
Khushwant S Bhullar, H P Vasantha Rupasinghe
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective ability of partridgeberry polyphenols in rat primary cortical neurons against oxygen-glucose deprivation/reperfusion (OGD/R) injury in vitro and explore the underlying therapeutic mechanism(s). METHODS: The OGD/R injury was induced in rat primary cortical neurons by incubation with deoxygenated glucose-free medium in a hypoxia chamber. RESULTS: The strongest activity in this regard was exhibited by partridgeberry-derived PPF2 and PPF3, i...
July 2016: Nutritional Neuroscience
Anne Drougard, Audren Fournel, Philippe Valet, Claude Knauf
Hypothalamus is a key area involved in the control of metabolism and food intake via the integrations of numerous signals (hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolites) from various origins. These factors modify hypothalamic neurons activity and generate adequate molecular and behavioral responses to control energy balance. In this complex integrative system, a new concept has been developed in recent years, that includes reactive oxygen species (ROS) as a critical player in energy balance. ROS are known to act in many signaling pathways in different peripheral organs, but also in hypothalamus where they regulate food intake and metabolism by acting on different types of neurons, including proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and agouti-related protein (AgRP)/neuropeptide Y (NPY) neurons...
2015: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Zhongxiao Wan, Dorrian Mah, Svetlana Simtchouk, Andreas Kluftinger, Jonathan P Little
Adipose tissue secretes numerous hormone-like factors, which are known as adipokines. Adipokine receptors have been identified in the central nervous system but the potential role of adipokine signaling in neuroprotection is unclear. The aim of this study is to determine (1) Whether adipokines secreted from cultured adipose tissue of lean humans is protective against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity in human SH-SY5Y neuronal cells; and (2) To explore potential signaling pathways involved in these processes...
2015: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Gantulga Darambazar, Masanori Nakata, Takashi Okada, Lei Wang, EnXu Li, Atsumi Shinozaki, Megumi Motoshima, Masatomo Mori, Toshihiko Yada
An adipokine leptin plays a central role in the regulation of feeding and energy homeostasis via acting on the hypothalamus. However, its downstream neuronal mechanism is not thoroughly understood. The neurons expressing nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2)-derived nesfatin-1 in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) have been implicated in feeding and energy homeostasis. The present study aimed to explore the role of PVN NUCB2/nesfatin-1 in the leptin action, by using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors encoding shRNA targeting NUCB2 (AAV-NUCB2-shRNA)...
January 24, 2015: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Li-Rong Zhao, Yu-Jun Du, Lei Chen, Zhi-Gang Liu, Xiao-Yan Jia, Yue-Hai Pan, Jian-Feng Liu, Bin Liu
Omentin is a novel adipokine, which is expressed in and released from omental adipose tissue. In the present study, the effect of omentin on neural stem cells (NSCs) was investigated. NSCs are a subtype of stem cell in the nervous system, which are able to self‑renew and generate neurons and glia for repairing neural lesions. Mouse NSCs were isolated and cultured in vitro. Treatment with recombinant omentin for 3 and 5 days significantly increased the size of NSC neurospheres (P<0.01) and enhanced NSC cell viability in normal conditions...
March 2015: Molecular Medicine Reports
Rebecca L Leshan, Donald W Pfaff
Reproduction is an energy-expensive process that relies on indicators of energy availability to adjust its proper functioning. The adipokine leptin provides one such metabolic signal, with leptin receptor-expressing neurons at sites widespread within the CNS, including regions associated with the neuroendocrine reproductive axis. One substantial population lies within the hypothalamic ventral premammillary nucleus (PMv), a region itself linked to reproductive control, which may provide a strategic site for the integration of energy availability, sensory and gonadal cues...
November 2014: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
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