PI3K in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus mediates estrogenic actions on energy expenditure in female mice
Hinton, Antentor Othrell
Clegg, Deborah J.
Xu, YongNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationSaito, K., Y. He, Y. Yang, L. Zhu, C. Wang, P. Xu, A. O. Hinton, et al. 2016. “PI3K in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus mediates estrogenic actions on energy expenditure in female mice.” Scientific Reports 6 (1): 23459. doi:10.1038/srep23459. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep23459.
AbstractEstrogens act in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH) to regulate body weight homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these estrogenic effects are unknown. We show that activation of estrogen receptor-α (ERα) stimulates neural firing of VMH neurons expressing ERα, and these effects are blocked with intracellular application of a pharmacological inhibitor of the phosphatidyl inositol 3-kinase (PI3K). Further, we demonstrated that mice with genetic inhibition of PI3K activity in VMH neurons showed a sexual dimorphic obese phenotype, with only female mutants being affected. In addition, inhibition of VMH PI3K activity blocked effects of 17β-estradiol to stimulate energy expenditure, but did not affect estrogen-induced anorexia. Collectively, our results indicate that PI3K activity in VMH neurons plays a physiologically relevant role in mediating estrogenic actions on energy expenditure in females.
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