One of their most recent publications is Regular ArticleLeptin Regulation of Prepro-orexin and Orexin Receptor mRNA Levels in the Hypothalamus. Which was published in journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

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Miguel López's Articles: (4)

Regular ArticleLeptin Regulation of Prepro-orexin and Orexin Receptor mRNA Levels in the Hypothalamus

AbstractThe aim of this study was to determine the effects of leptin treatment on prepro-orexin and orexin receptor expression in the rat hypothalamus. Adult male rats, food-deprived for 48 and 72 h, were treated one time with vehicle or leptin (10 μg, icv). Prepro-orexin mRNA content was measured by semiquantitative RT-PCR, Northern blot, and in situ hybridization; orexin receptor 1 and 2 mRNA content was quantified by Northern blot and/or semiquantitative RT-PCR. Our results indicate that leptin inhibits a fasting-induced increase in prepro-orexin mRNA and orexin receptor 1 mRNA levels in the rat hypothalamus, while orexin receptor 2 mRNA levels were unchanged in all situations evaluated. These data provide direct evidence for an additional mechanism of adaptation of the hypothalamus to food deprivation and for a new effect of leptin in the regulation of food intake.

Short CommunicationImprovement of the synthesis of diphenylmethyl 7β-(o-hydroxy)benzylideneamino-3-hydroxymethyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylate

AbstractThe title product (I) is synthesized currently from 7-aminocephalosporanic acid, and diphenyldiazomethane (DDM) is used as a protective reagent of the acid function for further reactions. When DDM was prepared from benzophenone hydrazone by reaction with chloramine T, it was resulted impure by p-toluenesulfonamide, formed as side product, which cannot be removed during the final purification step carried out according to the literature procedure. Two simple methods are proposed here to obtain I with the suitable degree of purity necessary for a drug.

ReviewCross-talk between orexins (hypocretins) and the neuroendocrine axes (hypothalamic–pituitary axes)

AbstractLesioning and electrical stimulation experiments carried out during the first half of the twentieth century showed that the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) is involved in the neuroendocrine control of hormone secretion. However, the molecular basis of this phenomenon remained unclear until fifty years later when in 1998, two different laboratories discovered a new family of hypothalamic neuropeptides, the orexins or hypocretins (OX-A/Hcrt1 and OX-B/Hcrt2). Since then, remarkable evidence has revealed that orexins/hypocretins play a prominent role in regulating virtually all the neuroendocrine axes, acting as pivotal signals in the coordination of endocrine responses with regards to sleep, arousal and energy homeostasis. The clinical relevance of these actions is supported by human data showing impairment of virtually all the neuroendocrine axes in orexin/hypocretin-deficient narcoleptic patients. Here, we summarize more than ten years of knowledge about the orexins/hypocretins with particular focus on their role as neuroendocrine regulators. Understanding this aspect of orexin/hypocretin physiology could open new therapeutic possibilities in the treatment of sleep, energy homeostasis and endocrine pathologies.

ReviewSensing the fat: Fatty acid metabolism in the hypothalamus and the melanocortin system

AbstractRecent evidence has demonstrated that circulating long chain fatty acids act as nutrient abundance signals in the hypothalamus. Moreover, pharmacological inhibition of fatty acid synthase (FAS) results in profound decrease in food intake and body weight in rodents. These anorectic actions are mediated by the modulation of hypothalamic neuropeptide systems, such as melanocortins. In this review, we summarize what is known about lipid sensing and fatty acid metabolism in the hypothalamus. Understanding these molecular mechanisms could provide new pharmacological targets for the treatment of obesity and appetite disorders, as well as novel concepts in the nutritional design.

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