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Intracerebroventricular administration of NPY stimulates resistin gene expression in mice

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Resistin is thought to cause insulin resistance and link obesity to type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, little is known about the effects of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on resistin gene expression in white adipose tissue (WAT). Resistin gene expression was determined by northern blot analysis in food-deprived mice after NPY administration. Administered NPY (1 nmol/mouse) significantly increased resistin mRNA expression in WAT by 72% compared with artificial cerebrospinal fluid treated controls. These observations indicate that NPY might have a role in regulating resistin gene expression in WAT and that the novel brain-fat axis might be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and related diseases.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Diabetes, Digestive and kidney Diseases, Department of Clinical Molecular Medicine, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe 650-0017, Japan

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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