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#1
Osvaldo Flores-Bastías, Eduardo Karahanian
Excessive alcohol intake induces an inflammatory response in the brain, via TNFα, TLR4 and NF-κB signaling pathways. It has been proposed that neuroinflammation would play a very important role in the development of alcohol addiction. In addition to stimulating the synthesis of inflammatory mediators such as IL-6, IL-1β and TNFα, NF-κB is capable of reducing the anti-inflammatory activity of PPARα and PPARγ. Reciprocally, PPARα, PPARγ and melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) can decrease the proinflammatory activity of NF-κB, establishing an interplay of inactivations between such nuclear factors and receptors...
November 4, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099963/activity-of-the-hypothalamic-melanocortin-system-decreases-in-middle-aged-and-increases-in-old-rats
#2
Nóra Füredi, Alexandra Mikó, Balázs Gaszner, Diána Feller, Ildikó Rostás, Judit Tenk, Margit Solymár, Márta Balaskó, Erika Pétervári
Appearance of middle-aged obesity and aging anorexia both in humans and rodents suggests a role for regulatory alterations. Hypothalamic melanocortin agonist, alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) produced in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) reduces body weight via inducing hypermetabolism and anorexia mainly through melanocortin 4 receptors (MC4R) in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN). Orexigenic ARC-derived agouti-related protein (AgRP) is an inverse agonist on MC4R in the PVN. Previously we demonstrated that characteristic age-related shifts in the catabolic effects of alpha-MSH may contribute both to middle-aged obesity and aging anorexia...
November 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097517/neuropeptides-in-obesity-and-metabolic-disease
#3
REVIEW
Agatha A van der Klaauw
BACKGROUND: The global rise in the prevalence of obesity and associated comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer represents a major public health concern. CONTENT: Studies in rodents with the use of global and targeted gene disruption, and mapping of neurocircuitry by using optogenetics and designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADDs) have greatly advanced our understanding of the neural control of body weight...
November 2, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069752/the-caudal-pedunculopontine-tegmental-nucleus-may-be-involved-in-the-regulation-of-skeletal-muscle-activity-by-melanocortin-sympathetic-pathway-a-virally-mediated-trans-synaptic-tracing-study-in-spinally-transected-transgenic-mice
#4
Zhi-Gang He, Bao-Wen Liu, Zhi-Xiao Li, Xue-Bi Tian, San-Guang Liu, Anne Manyande, Ding-Yu Zhang, Hong-Bing Xiang
Understanding neuroanatomical sympathetic circuitry and neuronal connections from the caudal pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus to skeletal muscle is important to the study of possible mechanisms of pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) and cuneiform nucleus (CnF) that are involved in the regulation of skeletal muscle activity of the sympathetic pathway. The aim of this study was to use virus PRV-614 to trace the melanocortin-sympathetic neural pathways from PPTg and CnF to a hindlimb muscle (gastrocnemius) in spinally transected MC4R-GFP transgenic mice...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059347/sim1-neurons-are-sufficient-for-mc4r-mediated-sexual-function-in-male-mice
#5
Erin Semple, Jennifer W Hill
Sexual dysfunction is a poorly understood condition that affects up to one-third of men around the world. Existing treatments that target the periphery do not work for all men. Previous studies have shown that central melanocortins, which are released by pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, can lead to male erection and increased libido. Several studies specifically implicate the melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) in the central control of sexual function, but the specific neural circuitry involved is unknown...
October 19, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058194/characterization-of-mc4r-regulation-of-the-kir7-1-channel-using-the-tl-flux-assay
#6
Michael J Litt, Roger D Cone, Masoud Ghamari-Langroudi
The family of inward rectifying potassium channels (Kir channels) plays crucial roles in the regulation of heart rhythms, renal excretion, insulin release, and neuronal activity. Their dysfunction has been attributed to numerous diseases such as cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure and electrolyte imbalance, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, retinal degeneration, and other neuronal disorders. We have recently demonstrated that the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R), a Gαs-coupled GPCR, regulates Kir7.1 activity through a mechanism independent of Gαs and cAMP...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056149/the-role-of-the-melanocortin-system-in-drug-and-alcohol-abuse
#7
Montserrat Navarro
The melanocortin (MC) system is composed of different peptides centrally produced by proopiomelanocortin neurons in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus (N.Arc) and the medulla. These peptides act through five subtypes of melanocortin receptors (MCRs) that belong to the family of seven-transmembrane G-protein-coupled receptors that are coupled through Gαs signaling pathways. MC3R and MC4R are the predominant MCR subtypes in the brain, and they are widely expressed in brain regions thought to modulate drug self-administration, including the nucleus accumbens, the hypothalamus, and the ventral tegmental area...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031731/evaluation-of-a-melanocortin-4-receptor-mc4r-agonist-setmelanotide-in-mc4r-deficiency
#8
Tinh-Hai Collet, Béatrice Dubern, Jacek Mokrosinski, Hillori Connors, Julia M Keogh, Edson Mendes de Oliveira, Elana Henning, Christine Poitou-Bernert, Jean-Michel Oppert, Patrick Tounian, Florence Marchelli, Rohia Alili, Johanne Le Beyec, Dominique Pépin, Jean-Marc Lacorte, Andrew Gottesdiener, Rebecca Bounds, Shubh Sharma, Cathy Folster, Bart Henderson, Stephen O'Rahilly, Elizabeth Stoner, Keith Gottesdiener, Brandon L Panaro, Roger D Cone, Karine Clément, I Sadaf Farooqi, Lex H T Van der Ploeg
OBJECTIVE: Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived peptides act on neurons expressing the Melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) to reduce body weight. Setmelanotide is a highly potent MC4R agonist that leads to weight loss in diet-induced obese animals and in obese individuals with complete POMC deficiency. While POMC deficiency is very rare, 1-5% of severely obese individuals harbor heterozygous mutations in MC4R. We sought to assess the efficacy of Setmelanotide in human MC4R deficiency. METHODS: We studied the effects of Setmelanotide on mutant MC4Rs in cells and the weight loss response to Setmelanotide administration in rodent studies and a human clinical trial...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031713/peripheral-cannabinoid-1-receptor-blockade-restores-hypothalamic-leptin-signaling
#9
Joseph Tam, Gergő Szanda, Adi Drori, Ziyi Liu, Resat Cinar, Yoshihiro Kashiwaya, Marc L Reitman, George Kunos
OBJECTIVE: In visceral obesity, an overactive endocannabinoid/CB1 receptor (CB1R) system promotes increased caloric intake and decreases energy expenditure, which are mitigated by global or peripheral CB1R blockade. In mice with diet-induced obesity (DIO), inhibition of food intake by the peripherally restricted CB1R antagonist JD5037 could be attributed to endogenous leptin due to the rapid reversal of hyperleptinemia that maintains leptin resistance, but the signaling pathway engaged by leptin has remained to be determined...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031712/mitochondrial-uncoupling-in-the-melanocortin-system-differentially-regulates-npy-and-pomc-neurons-to-promote-weight-loss
#10
Natalie Jane Michael, Stephanie Elise Simonds, Marco van den Top, Michael Alexander Cowley, David Spanswick
OBJECTIVE: The mitochondrial uncoupling agent 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), historically used as a treatment for obesity, is known to cross the blood-brain-barrier, but its effects on central neural circuits controlling body weight are largely unknown. As hypothalamic melanocortin neuropeptide Y/agouti-related protein (NPY/AgRP) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons represent key central regulators of food intake and energy expenditure we investigated the effects of DNP on these neurons, food intake and energy expenditure...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031711/lorcaserin-improves-glycemic-control-via-a-melanocortin-neurocircuit
#11
Luke K Burke, Emmanuel Ogunnowo-Bada, Teodora Georgescu, Claudia Cristiano, Pablo B Martinez de Morentin, Lourdes Valencia Torres, Giuseppe D'Agostino, Christine Riches, Nicholas Heeley, Yue Ruan, Marcelo Rubinstein, Malcolm J Low, Martin G Myers, Justin J Rochford, Mark L Evans, Lora K Heisler
OBJECTIVE: The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and associated morbidity and mortality emphasizes the need for a more complete understanding of the mechanisms mediating glucose homeostasis to accelerate the identification of new medications. Recent reports indicate that the obesity medication lorcaserin, a 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin) 2C receptor (5-HT2CR) agonist, improves glycemic control in association with weight loss in obese patients with T2D. Here we evaluate whether lorcaserin has an effect on glycemia without body weight loss and how this effect is achieved...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030576/genetic-induction-of-hypometabolism-by-ablation-of-mc4r-does-not-suppress-als-like-phenotypes-in-the-g93a-mutant-sod1-mouse-model
#12
Shachee Doshi, Preetika Gupta, Robert G Kalb
Dysfunction and death of motor neurons leads to progressive paralysis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Recent studies have reported organism-level metabolic dysfunction as a prominent but poorly understood feature of the disease. ALS patients are hypermetabolic with increased resting energy expenditure, but if and how hypermetabolism contributes to disease pathology is unknown. We asked if decreasing metabolism in the mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) mouse model of ALS (G93A SOD1) would alter motor function and survival...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990229/association-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-melanocortin-gene-with-feed-intake-in-rabbit-oryctolagus-cuniculus
#13
K El-Sabrout, F Soliman
The aim of the study was to investigate the association of two parts of melanocortin gene (MC4R-1, MC4R-2) and feed intake for V-line rabbits. V-line rabbits were grouped into high and low daily feed intake during the period from 30 to 63 days of age in order to identify MC4R SNPs useful for association study with feed intake. DNA from blood samples of each group was extracted to amplify the MC4R gene. The purified PCR products were sequenced in those had the highest and lowest feed intake. Alignment of sequence data from each group revealed that there is a variation detected in MC4R-1 at nucleotide 35 (T-G) (sense mutation) and another variation was detected in MC4R-2 gene at nucleotide 19 (T-C) (sense mutation) for high feed intake rabbits...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975585/polymorphisms-in-genes-involved-in-the-leptin-melanocortin-pathway-are-associated-with-obesity-related-cardiometabolic-alterations-in-a-southern-chilean-population
#14
Victor Manriquez, Jorge Aviles, Luis Salazar, Nicolas Saavedra, Pamela Seron, Fernando Lanas, Cristina Moreno Fajardo, Mario Hiroyuki Hirata, Rosario Dominguez Crespo Hirata, Alvaro Cerda
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms in genes encoding proteins of the leptin-melanocortin pathway have been associated with obesity. The involvement of these polymorphisms with changes in body mass index (BMI) and anthropometric measures could also imply a contribution to the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and metabolic alterations. We evaluated the relationship of leptin-melanocortin system polymorphisms with obesity, MetS, and other metabolic alterations in Southern Chilean individuals. METHODS: Two-hundred individuals were grouped as normoweight (BMI 18...
October 3, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973740/study-of-genetic-variability-in-pigs-after-the-traditional-breeding-program
#15
I M Ferreira, G S Vieira, T F Braga, T C F Silva, M M Franco, R C Antunes
Molecular markers are tools used to improve genetic gains. The objective of this study was to analyze the security of alleles of molecular marker genes for characteristics of economic interest in a pure population of pigs. After the extraction of DNA from the hair of 272 Large White matrices, the allele and genotype frequency of single nucleotide polymorphism was performed using the ARMS-PCR Multiplex technique in the DGAT1, LEPR, H-FABP, MC4R, and SREBF1 genes using RFLP-PCR for the GH gene. After capillary electrophoresis in an automated DNA sequencing of the DGAT1, LEPR, H-FABP, and SREBF1 genes, no polymorphisms were found...
September 21, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972753/click-chemistry-mediated-synthesis-of-selective-melanocortin-receptor-4-agonists
#16
Daniel Palmer, Juliana P L Gonçalves, Louise V Hansen, Boqian Wu, Helle Hald, Sanne Schoffelen, Frederik Diness, Sebastian T Le Quement, Thomas E Nielsen, Morten Meldal
The melanocortin receptor 4 (MC4R) subtype of the melanocortin receptor family is a target for therapeutics to ameliorate metabolic dysfunction. Endogenous MC4R agonists possess a critical pharmacophore (HFRW), and cyclization of peptide agonists often enhances potency. Thus, 17 cyclized peptides were synthesized by solid phase click chemistry to develop novel, potent, selective MC4R agonists. Using cAMP measurements and a transcriptional reporter assay, we observed that several constrained agonists generated by a cycloaddition reaction displayed high selectivity (223- to 467-fold) toward MC4R over MC3R and MC5R receptor subtypes without compromising agonist potency...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971462/interactome-of-obesity-obesidome-genetic-obesity-stress-induced-obesity-pathogenic-obesity-interaction
#17
Styliani A Geronikolou, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Dennis Cokkinos, George Chrousos
Obesity is a chronic disease of increasing prevalence reaching epidemic proportions. Genetic defects as well as epigenetic effects contribute to the obesity phenotype. Investigating gene (e.g. MC4R defects)-environment (behavior, infectious agents, stress) interactions is a relative new field of great research interest. In this study, we have made an effort to create an interactome (henceforth referred to as "obesidome"), where extrinsic stressors response, intrinsic predisposition, immunity response to inflammation and autonomous nervous system implications are integrated...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968061/comparative-in-vivo-investigation-of-intrathecal-and-intracerebroventricular-administration-with-melanocortin-ligands-mtii-and-agrp-into-mice
#18
Danielle N Adank, Mary M Lunzer, Cody J Lensing, Stacey L Wilber, Amy M Gancarz, Carrie Haskell-Luevano
Central administration of melanocortin ligands has been used as a critical technique to study energy homeostasis. While intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection is the most commonly used method during these investigations, intrathecal (IT) injection can be equally efficacious for the central delivery of ligands. Importantly, intrathecal administration can optimize exploration of melanocortin receptors in the spinal cord. Herein, we investigate comparative IT and ICV administration of two melanocortin ligands, the synthetic MTII (Ac-Nle-c[Asp-His-DPhe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2) MC4R agonist and agouti-related peptide [AGRP(87-132)] MC4R inverse agonist/antagonist, on the same batch of age-matched mice in TSE metabolic cages undergoing a nocturnal satiated paradigm...
October 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963451/cnv-association-meta-analysis-in-191-161-european-adults-reveals-new-loci-associated-with-anthropometric-traits
#19
Aurélien Macé, Marcus A Tuke, Patrick Deelen, Kati Kristiansson, Hannele Mattsson, Margit Nõukas, Yadav Sapkota, Ursula Schick, Eleonora Porcu, Sina Rüeger, Aaron F McDaid, David Porteous, Thomas W Winkler, Erika Salvi, Nick Shrine, Xueping Liu, Wei Q Ang, Weihua Zhang, Mary F Feitosa, Cristina Venturini, Peter J van der Most, Anders Rosengren, Andrew R Wood, Robin N Beaumont, Samuel E Jones, Katherine S Ruth, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Jessica Tyrrell, Aki S Havulinna, Harmen Boers, Reedik Mägi, Jennifer Kriebel, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Markus Perola, Markku Nieminen, Marja-Liisa Lokki, Mika Kähönen, Jorma S Viikari, Frank Geller, Jari Lahti, Aarno Palotie, Päivikki Koponen, Annamari Lundqvist, Harri Rissanen, Erwin P Bottinger, Saima Afaq, Mary K Wojczynski, Petra Lenzini, Ilja M Nolte, Thomas Sparsø, Nicole Schupf, Kaare Christensen, Thomas T Perls, Anne B Newman, Thomas Werge, Harold Snieder, Timothy D Spector, John C Chambers, Seppo Koskinen, Mads Melbye, Olli T Raitakari, Terho Lehtimäki, Martin D Tobin, Louise V Wain, Juha Sinisalo, Annette Peters, Thomas Meitinger, Nicholas G Martin, Naomi R Wray, Grant W Montgomery, Sarah E Medland, Morris A Swertz, Erkki Vartiainen, Katja Borodulin, Satu Männistö, Anna Murray, Murielle Bochud, Sébastien Jacquemont, Fernando Rivadeneira, Thomas F Hansen, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Massimo Mangino, Michael A Province, Panos Deloukas, Jaspal S Kooner, Rachel M Freathy, Craig Pennell, Bjarke Feenstra, David P Strachan, Guillaume Lettre, Joel Hirschhorn, Daniele Cusi, Iris M Heid, Caroline Hayward, Katrin Männik, Jacques S Beckmann, Ruth J F Loos, Dale R Nyholt, Andres Metspalu, Johan G Eriksson, Michael N Weedon, Veikko Salomaa, Lude Franke, Alexandre Reymond, Timothy M Frayling, Zoltán Kutalik
There are few examples of robust associations between rare copy number variants (CNVs) and complex continuous human traits. Here we present a large-scale CNV association meta-analysis on anthropometric traits in up to 191,161 adult samples from 26 cohorts. The study reveals five CNV associations at 1q21.1, 3q29, 7q11.23, 11p14.2, and 18q21.32 and confirms two known loci at 16p11.2 and 22q11.21, implicating at least one anthropometric trait. The discovered CNVs are recurrent and rare (0.01-0.2%), with large effects on height (>2...
September 29, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939058/regions-of-mrap2-required-for-the-inhibition-of-orexin-and-prokineticin-receptor-signaling
#20
Alix A J Rouault, Abigail A Lee, Julien A Sebag
The Melanocortin Receptor Accessory Protein 2 (MRAP2) regulates the activity of several GPCRs involved in the control of food intake and energy expenditure. While MRAP2 was originally thought to exclusively interact with melanocortin receptors we have recently shown that it interacts with and inhibits the trafficking and signaling of the prokineticin receptor 1 (PKR1). In this study we demonstrate a new role of MRAP2 in the regulation of the orexin receptor 1 (OX1R) and identify the specific regions of MRAP2 required for the regulation of OX1R and PKR1...
December 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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