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Young Adult-Specific Hyperphagia in Diabetic Goto-Kakizaki Rats is Associated with Leptin Resistance and Elevation of Neuropeptide Y mRNA in the Arcuate Nucleus.

The present study aimed to examine whether hyperphagia, which is frequently observed in type 1 diabetic patients and model animals, also occurs in type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats and, if so, to explore underlying abnormalities in the hypothalamus. GK rats at postnatal weeks 6-12, compared to control Wistar rats, exhibited hyperphagia, hyperglycaemia, hyperleptinemia and increased visceral fat accumulation, whereas body weight was unaltered. The ability of leptin to suppress feeding was reduced in GK rats compared to Wistar rats of these ages. In GK rats, leptin-induced phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 was significantly reduced in the cells of the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC), but not of the ventromedial hypothalamus, whereas the mRNA level of functional leptin receptor was unaltered. By real-time polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridisation, mRNA levels of neuropeptide Y, but not pro-opiomelanocortin and galanin-like peptide, were significantly increased in the ARC of GK rats at 11 weeks, but not 26 weeks. Following i.c.v. injection of a NPY Y1 antagonist, 1229U91, the amount of food intake in GK rats was indistinguishable from that in Wistar rats, thus eliminating the hyperphagia of GK rats. These results demonstrate that young adult GK rats display hyperphagia in association with leptin resistance and increased NPY mRNA level in the ARC.[1]


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