5-HT2CRs Expressed by Pro-Opiomelanocortin Neurons Regulate Energy Homeostasis

Yong Xu, Juli E. Jones, Daisuke Kohno, Kevin W. Williams, Charlotte E. Lee, Michelle J. Choi, Jason G. Anderson, Lora K. Heisler, Jeffrey M. Zigman, Bradford B. Lowell, Joel K. Elmquist

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Abstract

Drugs activating 5-hydroxytryptamine 2C receptors (5-HT2CRs) potently suppress appetite, but the underlying mechanisms for these effects are not fully understood. To tackle this issue, we generated mice with global 5-HT2CR deficiency (2C null) and mice with 5-HT2CRs re-expression only in pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons (2C/POMC mice). We show that 2C null mice predictably developed hyperphagia, hyperactivity, and obesity and showed attenuated responses to anorexigenic 5-HT drugs. Remarkably, all these deficiencies were normalized in 2C/POMC mice. These results demonstrate that 5-HT2CR expression solely in POMC neurons is sufficient to mediate effects of serotoninergic compounds on food intake. The findings also highlight the physiological relevance of the 5-HT2CR-melanocortin circuitry in the long-term regulation of energy balance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-589
Number of pages8
JournalNeuron
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 26 2008

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Keywords

  • HUMDISEASE
  • MOLNEURO
  • SIGNALING

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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