Maternal metabolic homeostasis exerts long-term effects on the offspring's health outcomes. Here, we demonstrate that maternal high-fat diet (HFD) feeding during lactation predisposes the offspring for obesity and impaired glucose homeostasis in mice, which is associated with an impairment of the hypothalamic melanocortin circuitry. Whereas the number and… (More)
Activation of orexigenic AgRP-expressing neurons in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus potently promotes feeding, thus defining new regulators of AgRP neuron activity could uncover potential novel targets for obesity treatment. Here, we demonstrate that AgRP neurons express the purinergic receptor 6 (P2Y6), which is activated by uridine-diphosphate… (More)
Riera et al. identify a neuroendocrine circuit that controls longevity and the age-dependent onset of metabolic decline via the pain-transducing channel TRPV1. Thus, pharmacological inhibition of TRPV1 may provide a new approach to treat not only metabolic disorders but also a broader range of age-related pathologies.