Michiko Yagi

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Novel neuropeptides acting as G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) ligands are known to be localized in the brain and play a range of physiologic functions, one of which is feeding regulation. We describe the distribution and localization of these recently identified GPCR ligands and review their involvement in neuronal networks, particularly in feeding(More)
Neuropeptide W (NPW), which was recently isolated from the porcine hypothalamus, has been identified as the endogenous ligand of the orphan G protein-coupled receptors GPR7 (NPBWR1) and GPR8 (NPBWR2). Infusion of NPW increases food intake in the light phase, whereas in the dark phase, it has the opposite effect. In this study, we used RT-PCR analysis to(More)
Both proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and ghrelin peptides are implicated in the feeding regulation. The synaptic relationships between POMC- and ghrelin-containing neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus were studied using double-immunostaining methods at the light and electron microscope levels. Many POMC-like immunoreactive axon terminals were found to be(More)
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