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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500249/maternal-high-fat-diet-induces-metabolic-stress-response-disorders-in-offspring-hypothalamus
#1
Long The Nguyen, Sonia Saad, Yi Tan, Carol Pollock, Hui Chen
Maternal obesity has been shown to increase the risk of obesity and related disorders in the offspring, which has been partially attributed to changes of appetite regulators in the offspring hypothalamus. On the other hand, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy have been implicated in hypothalamic neuropeptide dysregulation, thus may also play important roles in such transgenerational effect.  In this study, we show that offspring born to HFD-fed dams showed significantly increased body weight and glucose intolerance, adiposity and plasma triglyceride level at weaning...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489068/tnf%C3%AE-drives-mitochondrial-stress-in-pomc-neurons-in-obesity
#2
Chun-Xia Yi, Marc Walter, Yuanqing Gao, Soledad Pitra, Beata Legutko, Stefanie Kälin, Clarita Layritz, Cristina García-Cáceres, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin Bidlingmaier, Stephen C Woods, Alexander Ghanem, Karl-Klaus Conzelmann, Javier E Stern, Martin Jastroch, Matthias H Tschöp
Consuming a calorically dense diet stimulates microglial reactivity in the mediobasal hypothalamus (MBH) in association with decreased number of appetite-curbing pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons; whether the reduction in POMC neuronal function is secondary to the microglial activation is unclear. Here we show that in hypercaloric diet-induced obese mice, persistently activated microglia in the MBH hypersecrete TNFα that in turn stimulate mitochondrial ATP production in POMC neurons, promoting mitochondrial fusion in their neurites, and increasing POMC neuronal firing rates and excitability...
May 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462073/heterogeneity-of-hypothalamic-pro-opiomelanocortin-expressing-neurons-revealed-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
#3
Brian Y H Lam, Irene Cimino, Joseph Polex-Wolf, Sara Nicole Kohnke, Debra Rimmington, Valentine Iyemere, Nicholas Heeley, Chiara Cossetti, Reiner Schulte, Luis R Saraiva, Darren W Logan, Clemence Blouet, Stephen O'Rahilly, Anthony P Coll, Giles S H Yeo
OBJECTIVE: Arcuate proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons are critical nodes in the control of body weight. Often characterized simply as direct targets for leptin, recent data suggest a more complex architecture. METHODS: Using single cell RNA sequencing, we have generated an atlas of gene expression in murine POMC neurons. RESULTS: Of 163 neurons, 118 expressed high levels of Pomc with little/no Agrp expression and were considered "canonical" POMC neurons (P(+))...
May 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455431/hypothalamic-effects-of-neonatal-diet-reversible-and-only-partially-leptin-dependent
#4
Luba Sominsky, Ilvana Ziko, Thai-Xinh Nguyen, Julie Quach, Sarah J Spencer
Early life diet influences metabolic programming, increasing the risk for long-lasting metabolic ill-health. Neonatally overfed rats have an early increase in leptin that is maintained long-term and is associated with a corresponding elevation in body weight. However, the immediate and long-term effects of neonatal overfeeding on hypothalamic anorexigenic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) and orexigenic agouti-related peptide (AgRP) / neuropeptide Y (NPY) circuitry, and if these are directly mediated by leptin, have not yet been examined...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450851/regulation-of-agouti-related-protein-and-pro-opiomelanocortin-gene-expression-in-the-avian-arcuate-nucleus
#5
REVIEW
Timothy Boswell, Ian C Dunn
The arcuate nucleus is generally conserved across vertebrate taxa in its neuroanatomy and neuropeptide expression. Gene expression of agouti-related protein (AGRP), neuropeptide Y (NPY), pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC), and cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) has been established in the arcuate nucleus of several bird species and co-localization demonstrated for AGRP and NPY. The proteins encoded by these genes exert comparable effects on food intake in birds after central administration to those seen in other vertebrates, with AGRP and NPY being orexigenic and CART and α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone anorexigenic...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424580/the-role-of-microrna-in-the-modulation-of-the-melanocortinergic-system
#6
REVIEW
Adel Derghal, Mehdi Djelloul, Jérôme Trouslard, Lourdes Mounien
The central control of energy balance involves a highly regulated neuronal network within the hypothalamus and the dorsal vagal complex. In these structures, pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons are known to reduce meal size and to increase energy expenditure. In addition, leptin, a peripheral signal that relays information regarding body fat content, modulates the activity of melanocortin pathway neurons including POMC-, Agouti-related peptide (AgRP)/Neuropeptide Y (NPY)-, melanocortin receptors (MC3R and MC4R)-expressing neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403939/melanocortin-4-receptor-is-not-required-for-estrogenic-regulations-on-energy-homeostasis-and-reproduction
#7
Pingwen Xu, Liangru Zhu, Kenji Saito, Yongjie Yang, Chunmei Wang, Yanlin He, Xiaofeng Yan, Ilirjana Hyseni, Qingchun Tong, Yong Xu
BACKGROUND: Brain estrogen receptor-α (ERα) is essential for estrogenic regulation of energy homeostasis and reproduction. We previously showed that ERα expressed by pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons mediates estrogen's effects on food intake, body weight, negative regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (HPG axis) and fertility. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: We report here that global deletion of a key downstream receptor for POMC peptide, the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R), did not affect normal negative feedback regulation of estrogen on the HPG axis, estrous cyclicity and female fertility...
May 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385803/insulin-receptor-signaling-in-pomc-but-not-agrp-neurons-controls-adipose-tissue-insulin-action
#8
Andrew C Shin, Nika Filatova, Claudia Lindtner, Tiffany Chi, Seta Degann, Douglas Oberlin, Christoph Buettner
Insulin is a key regulator of adipose tissue lipolysis and impaired adipose tissue insulin action results in unrestrained lipolysis and lipotoxicity, which are hallmarks of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Insulin regulates adipose tissue metabolism through direct effects on adipocytes and through signaling in the CNS by dampening sympathetic outflow to the adipose tissue. Here we examined the role of insulin signaling in agouti-related protein (AgRP) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in regulating both hepatic and adipose tissue insulin action...
April 6, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372260/preliminary-investigation-for-effects-of-hypothalamic-leptin-ghrelin-and-arcuate-nucleus-pro-opiomelanocortin-system-on-regulation-of-high-altitude-acclimatization
#9
Yong-Nian Liu, Qi-Sheng Ma, Qiong Wu
This study aims to investigate the mechanism of hypothalamic Leptin/Ghrelin and arcuate nucleus pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) system in the regulation of high-altitude acclimatization. SD rats (male) were divided into two groups and separately fed at the 2260m and 4700m altitude. Tow groups contained 5 small groups separately, including 1 d, 3 d, 7 d, 15 d and 30 d, and 8 rats in each group. Blood, cerebrospinal fluid and tissues were taken at setting time. Leptin and Ghrelin were detected by using radioactivity immuno-assay...
May 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356453/the-melanocortin-system-regulates-body-pigmentation-and-social-behaviour-in-a-colour-polymorphic-cichlid-fish
#10
Peter D Dijkstra, Sean M Maguire, Rayna M Harris, Agosto A Rodriguez, Ross S DeAngelis, Stephanie A Flores, Hans A Hofmann
The melanocortin system is a neuroendocrine system that regulates a range of physiological and behavioural processes. We examined the extent to which the melanocortin system simultaneously regulates colour and behaviour in the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni We found that yellow males are more aggressive than blue males, in line with previous studies. We then found that exogenous α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) increases yellowness of the body and dispersal of xanthophore pigments in both morphs...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355309/the-differential-expression-of-mc1r-regulators-in-dorsal-and-ventral-quail-plumages-during-embryogenesis-implications-for-plumage-pattern-formation
#11
Thanh-Lan Gluckman, Nicholas I Mundy
Melanin pigmentation patterns are ubiquitous in animals and function in crypsis, physical protection, thermoregulation and signalling. In vertebrates, pigmentation patterns formed over large body regions as well as within appendages (hair/feathers) may be due to the differential distribution of pigment producing cells (melanocytes) and/or regulation of the melanin synthesis pathway. We took advantage of the pigmentation patterns of Japanese quail embryos (pale ventrum and patterned feathers dorsally) to explore the role of genes and their transcripts in regulating the function of the melanocortin-1-receptor (MC1R) via 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350524/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-obesity
#12
Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Shanghai Chen, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Feifan Guo
ATF4 (activating transcription factor 4) is an important transcription factor that has many biological functions, while its role in hypothalamic POMC (pro-opiomelanocortin-α) neurons in the regulation of energy homeostasis has not been explored. We recently discovered that mice with an Atf4 deletion specific to POMC neurons (PAKO mice) are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, these mice are resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity and obesity-related metabolic disorders. Mechanistically, we found the expression of ATG5 (autophagy-related 5) is upregulated in POMC neurons of PAKO mice, and ATF4 regulates ATG5 expression by binding directly to its promoter...
March 28, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325732/whey-protein-effects-on-energy-balance-link-the-intestinal-mechanisms-of-energy-absorption-with-adiposity-and-hypothalamic-neuropeptide-gene-expression
#13
Kanishka N Nilaweera, Raul Cabrera-Rubio, John R Speakman, Paula M O' Connor, AnneMarie McAuliffe, Caitriona M Guinane, Elaine Lawton, Fiona Crispie, Mònica Aguilera, Maurice Stanley, Serena Boscaini, Susan Joyce, Silvia Melgar, John F Cryan, Paul D Cotter
We tested the hypothesis that dietary whey protein isolate (WPI) affects the intestinal mechanisms related to energy absorption and that the resulting energy deficit is compensated by changes in energy balance to support growth. C57BL/6 mice were provided a diet enriched with WPI with varied sucrose content, and the impact on energy balance related parameters were investigated. As part of a high sucrose diet, WPI reduced the hypothalamic expression of pro-opiomelanocortin gene expression and increased energy intake...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323972/neurosecretory-protein-gl-a-hypothalamic-small-secretory-protein-participates-in-energy-homeostasis-in-male-mice
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Daichi Matsuura, Kenshiro Shikano, Takaya Saito, Eiko Iwakoshi-Ukena, Megumi Furumitsu, Yuta Ochi, Manami Sato, George E Bentley, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Kazuyoshi Ukena
We have recently identified a novel cDNA encoding a small secretory protein termed neurosecretory protein GL (NPGL) from the avian hypothalamus. In chicks, NPGL increases body weight gain without affecting food intake. A database search reveals that NPGL is conserved throughout vertebrates. However, the central distribution and functional role of NPGL remains to be elucidated in mammals. In this study, we identified the precursor cDNA encoding NPGL from the mouse hypothalamus. Quantitative RT-PCR and morphological analyses revealed that NPGL precursor mRNA is robustly expressed in the mediobasal hypothalamus with NPGL neurons specifically localized to the lateroposterior part of the arcuate nucleus in the hypothalamus...
March 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323920/perinatal-exposure-to-low-dose-bisphenol-a-disrupts-the-structural-and-functional-development-of-the-hypothalamic-feeding-circuitry
#15
Harry MacKay, Zachary R Patterson, Alfonso Abizaid
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a component of polycarbonate and other plastics to which humans are regularly exposed at low levels. BPA is characterized as an endocrine disruptor because of observations of its estrogenic activity in various experimental models. We have previously shown evidence of disrupted hypothalamic feeding circuitry and leptin sensitivity in adult BPA-exposed animals subjected to a high-fat diet, but because these animals were already exhibiting a diet-induced obese phenotype, we could not rule out the possibility that these observations were simply consequences of the obesity, not a preexisting phenotype produced by BPA exposure...
April 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274841/role-of-the-brain-melanocortins-in-blood-pressure-regulation
#16
Jussara M do Carmo, Alexandre A da Silva, Zhen Wang, Taolin Fang, Nicola Aberdein, Cecilia E Perez de Lara, John E Hall
Melanocortins play an important role in regulating blood pressure (BP) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity as well as energy balance, glucose and other metabolic functions in humans and experimental animals. In experimental models of hypertension with high SNS activity, blockade of the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) reduces BP despite causing marked hyperphagia and obesity. Activation of the central nervous system (CNS) pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-MC4R pathway appears to be an important link between obesity, SNS activation and hypertension...
March 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271037/cholinergic-neurons-in-the-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-regulate-food-intake
#17
Jae Hoon Jeong, Dong Kun Lee, Young-Hwan Jo
OBJECTIVE: Central cholinergic neural circuits play a role in the regulation of feeding behavior. The dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) is considered the appetite-stimulating center and contains cholinergic neurons. Here, we study the role of DMH cholinergic neurons in the control of food intake. METHODS: To selectively stimulate DMH cholinergic neurons, we expressed stimulatory designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) and channelrhodopsins in DMH cholinergic neurons by injection of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors into the DMH of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)-IRES-Cre mice...
March 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214331/pomc-maintains-tumor-initiating-properties-of-tumor-tissue-derived-long-term-cultured-breast-cancer-stem-cells
#18
Xiaoti Lin, Weiyu Chen, Fengqin Wei, Binhua P Zhou, Mien-Chie Hung, Xiaoming Xie
The identification and understanding of the molecular network of cancer stem cells (CSCs) have had a profound impact on our view of carcinogenesis and treatment strategy. Unfortunately, a major problem is that serial passages of CSCs from clinical solid tumor specimens currently are not available in any lab, and thus, reported data are difficult to confirm and intensively interrogated. Here, we have generated two tumor tissue-derived breast CSC (BCSC) lines that showed prolonged maintenance over 20 serial passages in vitro, while retaining their tumor-initiating biological properties...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213613/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-fat-mass-via-affecting-energy-expenditure
#19
Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Shanghai Chen, Feifan Guo
Although many biological functions of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) have been identified, a role of hypothalamic ATF4 in the regulation of energy homeostasis is poorly understood. Here, we showed that hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons specific ATF4 knockout (PAKO) mice are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, PAKO mice were resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, glucose intolerance and leptin resistance. Moreover, the expression of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5) was increased or decreased by ATF4 knockdown or over-expression, respectively, and ATF4 inhibited the transcription of ATG5 by binding to the basic zipper-containing protein (bZIP) sites on its promoter...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192062/pomc-neurons-from-birth-to-death
#20
Chitoku Toda, Anna Santoro, Jung Dae Kim, Sabrina Diano
The hypothalamus is an evolutionarily conserved brain structure that regulates an organism's basic functions, such as homeostasis and reproduction. Several hypothalamic nuclei and neuronal circuits have been the focus of many studies seeking to understand their role in regulating these basic functions. Within the hypothalamic neuronal populations, the arcuate melanocortin system plays a major role in controlling homeostatic functions. The arcuate pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in particular have been shown to be critical regulators of metabolism and reproduction because of their projections to several brain areas both in and outside of the hypothalamus, such as autonomic regions of the brain stem and spinal cord...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
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