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Type: Journal article
Title: Integration of reward signalling and appetite regulating peptide systems in the control of food-cue responses
Author: Reichelt, A.
Westbrook, R.
Morris, M.
Citation: British Journal of Pharmacology, 2015; 172(22):5225-5238
Publisher: British Pharmacological Society
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0007-1188
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A C Reichelt, R F Westbrook, M J Morris
Abstract: Understanding the neurobiological substrates that encode learning about food-associated cues and how those signals are modulated is of great clinical importance especially in light of the worldwide obesity problem. Inappropriate or maladaptive responses to food-associated cues can promote over-consumption, leading to excessive energy intake and weight gain. Chronic exposure to foods rich in fat and sugar alters the reinforcing value of foods and weakens inhibitory neural control, triggering learned, but maladaptive, associations between environmental cues and food rewards. Thus, responses to food-associated cues can promote cravings and food-seeking by activating mesocorticolimbic dopamine neurocircuitry, and exert physiological effects including salivation. These responses may be analogous to the cravings experienced by abstaining drug addicts that can trigger relapse into drug self-administration. Preventing cue-triggered eating may therefore reduce the over-consumption seen in obesity and binge-eating disorder. In this review we discuss recent research examining how cues associated with palatable foods can promote reward-based feeding behaviours and the potential involvement of appetite-regulating peptides including leptin, ghrelin, orexin and melanin concentrating hormone. These peptide signals interface with mesolimbic dopaminergic regions including the ventral tegmental area to modulate reactivity to cues associated with palatable foods. Thus, a novel target for anti-obesity therapeutics is to reduce non-homeostatic, reward driven eating behaviour, which can be triggered by environmental cues associated with highly palatable, fat and sugar rich foods.
Keywords: Animals; Humans; Peptides; Feeding Behavior; Cues; Reward; Appetite; Food
Rights: © 2015 The British Pharmacological Society
RMID: 1000025724
DOI: 10.1111/bph.13321
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