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Peptides. 1985 Nov-Dec;6(6):1205-11.

Paraventricular nucleus injections of peptide YY and neuropeptide Y preferentially enhance carbohydrate ingestion.


Neuropeptide Y (NPY) injected into the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) is known to elicit a powerful feeding response in satiated, brain-cannulated rats. The present experiment investigates the effect of peptide YY (PYY), a structurally-related peptide, on feeding behavior and, in addition, the effects of both PYY and NPY on the pattern of macronutrient selection. Injection of PYY directly into the PVN, in doses ranging from 7.8 to 235 pmol/0.3 microliters, caused a strong, dose-dependent stimulation of feeding behavior, as well as a small stimulation of drinking behavior, in satiated rats. The mean latency to eat was 9.3 min, with substantial feeding occurring within 30 min of the injection. At low doses, the increase in feeding was seen predominantly during the first hr. At the highest dose, in contrast, food intake continued to increase progressively over the next few hr. such that by 4 hr postinjection food intake was more than 20 g over vehicle baseline. In 1 hr tests with 3 pure macronutrient (protein, fat and carbohydrate) diets simultaneously available, PYY and NPY (78 pmol/0.3 microliters) both elicited a strong and selective increase in carbohydrate consumption, with little or no effect on protein or fat consumption. These results suggest that hypothalamic receptors sensitive to PYY and NPY may participate in the control of carbohydrate consumption.

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