Divergent effects of central melanocortin signalling on fat and sucrose preference in humans
Trowse, Victoria M
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van der Klaauw, A., Keogh, J., Henning, E., Stephenson, C., Kelway, S., Trowse, V. M., Subramanian, N., et al. (2016). Divergent effects of central melanocortin signalling on fat and sucrose preference in humans. Nature Communications, 7 (13055)https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms13055
Melanocortin-4-receptor (MC4R)-expressing neurons modulate food intake and preference in rodents but their role in human food preference is unknown. Here we show that compared with lean and weight-matched controls, MC4R deficient individuals exhibited a markedly increased preference for high fat, but a significantly reduced preference for high sucrose food. These effects mirror those in Mc4r null rodents and provide evidence for a central molecular circuit influencing human macronutrient preference.
This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (to A.A.v.d.K., P.C.F., I.S.F.), the National Institute for Health Research Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (to S.O’R., I.S.F.), the Bernard Wolfe Health Neuroscience Fund (to A.A.v.d.K., I.S.F., P.C.F.) and the European Research Council (I.S.F.). This work was supported by the NeuroFAST consortium which is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 245009.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms13055
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260610
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