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Neurosci Lett. 1994 Oct 24;180(2):143-6.

Lack of satiety effect of cholecystokinin (CCK) in a new rat model not expressing the CCK-A receptor gene.

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Department of Clinical Physiology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan.


This work expands recent observations that Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats show little or no pancreatic expression of the cholecystokinin (CCK)-A receptor gene. We examined whether the CCK-A and -B receptor genes were expressed in the brain (hypothalamus) of OLETF rats in comparison with control (Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka = LETO) rats. CCK-A receptor mRNA was detected in the hypothalamus of LETO rats but not OLETF rats. The CCK-B receptor gene was expressed in the hypothalamus in both strains. Cerebroventricular administration of CCK-8 sulfate inhibited daily food intake in LETO rats, but not in OLETF rats. These results show that in OLETF rats the absence of CCK-A receptor gene expression in the hypothalamus results in hyperphagia because of lack of satiety.

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