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Regul Pept. 2002 Mar 15;104(1-3):153-9.

Anorectic, thermogenic and anti-obesity activity of a selective orexin-1 receptor antagonist in ob/ob mice.

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GlaxoSmithKline, Third Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5AW, UK.


A single dose of the orexin-1 (OX1) receptor antagonist 1-(2-methylbenzoxazol-6-yl)-3-[1,5] naphthyridin-4-yl urea hydrochloride (SB-334867-A) reduces orexin-A-induced feeding and natural feeding in Sprague Dawley rats. In this study, the anti-obesity effects of SB-334867-A were determined in genetically obese (ob/ob) mice dosed with SB-334867-A (30 mg/kg, i.p.) once daily for 7 days, and then twice daily for a further 7 days. SB-334867-A reduced cumulative food intake and body weight gain over 14 days. Total fat mass gain, determined by Dual Emission X-ray Absorptiometry, was reduced, while gain in fat-free mass was unchanged. Fasting (5 h) blood glucose was also reduced at the end of the study, with a trend to reduced plasma insulin. Interscapular brown adipose tissue (BAT) weight was reduced, the tissue was noticeably darker in colour and quantitative PCR (TaqMan) analysis of this tissue showed a trend to an increase in uncoupling protein-1 mRNA expression, suggesting that SB-334867-A might stimulate thermogenesis. This was confirmed in a separate study in which a single dose of SB-334867-A (30 mg/kg, i.p.) increased metabolic rate over 4 h in ob/ob mice. OX1 receptor mRNA was detected in BAT, and its expression was increased by 58% by treatment with SB-334867-A. This is the first demonstration that OX1 receptor antagonists have potential as both anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agents.

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