Clinical Neuroscience

[Hypothalamic regulation of the food intake]


OCTOBER 20, 2003

Clinical Neuroscience - 2003;56(09-10)

[The central regulation of the food intake is organized by a long-loop mechanism involving humoral signals and afferent neuronal pathways to the hypothalamus, obligatory processing in hypothalamic neuronal circuits, and descending commands through vagal and spinal neurons to the body. Receptors sensitive to glucose metabolism, body fat reserves, distension of the stomach, as well as neuropeptide and cannabinoid receptors have been identified and localized in the hypothalamus. Five groups of cells in the hypothalamus - arcuate, paraventricular, ventromedial and dorsomedial nuclei, and the dorsolateral hypothalamic area - contain neurons with either anorexic actions (α-MSH, CART peptide, corticotropin-releasing hormone, urocortin III, cholecystokinin, glucagon-like peptides) or that stimulate food intake (neuropeptide Y, agouti-related peptide, orexins, melanin concentrating hormone, galanin). Intrahypothalamic neuronal circuits exist between these peptidergic neurons including the arcuate-paraventricular and arcuate-dorsolateral hypothalamic projections. Circulating substances carrying signals connected to changes in body food homeostasis and energy balance (leptin, ghrelin, insulin, glucose) enter the hypothalamus mainly through the arcuate nucleus. Neurons in the medulla oblongata that express leptin and insulin receptors, as well as neuropeptide mediators project to the hypothalamus. Vica versa, hypothalamic neurons give rise to projections to autonomic centers in the brainstem and the spinal cord with potential for stimulation or inhibition of food intake, energy balance and ingestion behavior.]



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