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Decreased binding to hypothalamic insulin receptors in young genetically obese rats

, : Decreased binding to hypothalamic insulin receptors in young genetically obese rats. Physiology & Behavior 40(2): 237-242

(125I]insulin binding to partially purified hypothalamic membranes is reduced during prolonged starvation, and changes in hypothalamic insulin binding capacity correlate well with spontaneous variations in energy balance in ground squirrels. To determine whether an insulin binding impairment in the central nervous system can be observed during the early expression of genetic obesity, both obese (fa/fa) and phenotypically lean (Fa/-) Zucker rats were studied at 6 weeks of age. Hypothalamic tissue from fa/fa rats bound significantly less hormone than that from the lean animals, but binding was not changed in tissue from cerbral cortex. It is concluded that a defect in insulin binding to hypothalamic receptors in Zucker fatty rats may contribute to the development of weight gain in these animals.


PMID: 3306731

DOI: 10.1016/0031-9384(87)90213-7

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