Krisztina Hegyi

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Leptin is a multifunctional cytokine and hormone that primarily acts in the hypothalamus and plays a key role in the regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. In addition, it has direct effects on many cell types on the periphery. Leptin acts through its receptor, the product of the db gene, which has six isoforms. Only one of them (OB-Rb) has full(More)
Histamine is a biogenic amine with multiple physiological functions. Its importance in allergic inflammation is well characterized; moreover, it plays a role in the regulation of gastric acid production, various hypothalamic functions, such as food uptake, and enhancing TH2 balance during immune responses. Using histidine decarboxylase gene targeted(More)
Histamine has been referred to as an anorexic factor that decreases appetite and fat accumulation and affects feeding behavior. Tuberomammillary histaminergic neurons have been implicated in central mediation of peripheral metabolic signals such as leptin, and centrally released histamine inhibits ob gene expression. Here we have characterized the metabolic(More)
The soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) occurring in various body fluids of healthy persons and patients with various diseases is an agonist since its complex with IL-6 binds to gp130 making IL-6 receptor negative cells responsive for IL-6. The generation as well as the functional role of soluble IL-6 receptor is poorly understood. We measured the sIL-6R levels(More)
Leptin is a multifunctional cytokine and hormone that primarily acts in the hypothalamus and plays a key role in regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. Leptin acts through its receptor (OBR), the product of db gene that activates the Jak/STAT pathway predominantly. To exert its functions, leptin interacts with histamine as well. Histamine is a(More)
OBJECTIVES Histamine is a known inducer of cAMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB), which plays a key role in initiation of adipogenesis. Our present goal was to study how histamine deficiency impacts CREB signalling and adipogenesis. METHODS We used a histidine-decarboxylase gene-targeted (HDC KO) mice model lacking endogenous histamine. We(More)
Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) synthesizes endogenous histamine from histidine in mammals. HDC-deficient mice (HDC-/-), if kept on a histamine-free diet, have no histamine in their tissues. HDC-/- mice show multiple phenotypes. In this study we show that both the constitutively expressed and turpentine-induced level of an acute-phase protein, haptoglobin, is(More)
The incorporation of (3H) thymidine into isolated rat liver mitochondria in the presence of 0--0.5 mM ATP was stimulated by a polyanion with an average molecular weight of 10 000 daltons (at 50--200 micrograms/ml concentration) and containing in a proportion of 1 : 2 : 3 methacrylate, maleate and styrene. The above concentrations of the polyanion inhibit(More)
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