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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445634


Cannabinoids have been reported as orexigenic, i.e., as promoting food intake that, among others, is controlled by the so-called "hunger" hormone, ghrelin. The aim of this paper was to look for functional and/or molecular interactions between ghrelin GHSR1a and cannabinoid CB2 receptors at the central nervous system (CNS) level. In a heterologous system we identified CB2-GHSR1a receptor complexes with a particular heteromer print consisting of impairment of CB2 receptor/Gi-mediated signaling. The blockade was due to allosteric interactions within the heteromeric complex as it was reverted by antagonists of the GHSR1a receptor. Cannabinoids acting on the CB2 receptor did not affect cytosolic increases of calcium ions induced by ghrelin acting on the GHSR1a receptor. In situ proximity ligation imaging assays confirmed the expression of CB2-GHSR1a receptor complexes in both heterologous cells and primary striatal neurons. We tested heteromer expression in neurons from offspring of high-fat-diet mouse mothers as they have more risk to be obese. Interestingly, there was a marked upregulation of those complexes in striatal neurons from siblings of pregnant female mice under a high-fat diet.

Corpo Estriado/patologia , Dieta Hiperlipídica/efeitos adversos , Grelina/metabolismo , Neurônios/patologia , Obesidade/patologia , Receptor CB2 de Canabinoide/metabolismo , Receptores de Grelina/metabolismo , Animais , Canabinoides/farmacologia , Corpo Estriado/efeitos dos fármacos , Corpo Estriado/metabolismo , Feminino , Grelina/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios/metabolismo , Obesidade/etiologia , Obesidade/metabolismo , Receptor CB2 de Canabinoide/genética , Receptores de Grelina/genética , Transdução de Sinais , Regulação para Cima
Br J Pharmacol ; 178(7): 1507-1523, 2021 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33444462


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The enzyme α/ß-hydrolase domain containing 6 (ABHD6), a new member of the endocannabinoid system, is a promising therapeutic target against neuronal-related diseases. However, how ABHD6 activity is regulated is not known. ABHD6 coexists in protein complexes with the brain-specific carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1C (CPT1C). CPT1C is involved in neuro-metabolic functions, depending on brain malonyl-CoA levels. Our aim was to study CPT1C-ABHD6 interaction and determine whether CPT1C is a key regulator of ABHD6 activity depending on nutritional status. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Co-immunoprecipitation and FRET assays were used to explore ABHD6 interaction with CPT1C or modified malonyl-CoA-insensitive or C-terminal truncated CPT1C forms. Cannabinoid CB1 receptor-mediated signalling was investigated by determining cAMP levels. A novel highly sensitive fluorescent method was optimized to measure ABHD6 activity in non-neuronal and neuronal cells and in brain tissues from wild-type (WT) and CPT1C-KO mice. KEY RESULTS: CPT1C interacted with ABHD6 and negatively regulated its hydrolase activity, thereby regulating 2-AG downstream signalling. Accordingly, brain tissues of CPT1C-KO mice showed increased ABHD6 activity. CPT1C malonyl-CoA sensing was key to the regulatory role on ABHD6 activity and CB1 receptor signalling. Fasting, which attenuates brain malonyl-CoA, significantly increased ABHD6 activity in hypothalamus from WT, but not CPT1C-KO, mice. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Our finding that negative regulation of ABHD6 activity, particularly in the hypothalamus, is sensitive to nutritional status throws new light on the characterization and the importance of the proteins involved as potential targets against diseases affecting the CNS.

Carnitina O-Palmitoiltransferase , Monoacilglicerol Lipases/metabolismo , Estado Nutricional , Animais , Carnitina O-Palmitoiltransferase/genética , Hidrolases , Malonil Coenzima A , Camundongos
J Lipid Res ; 60(7): 1260-1269, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31138606


The endocannabinoid (eCB) system regulates energy homeostasis and is linked to obesity development. However, the exact dynamic and regulation of eCBs in the hypothalamus during obesity progression remain incompletely described and understood. Our study examined the time course of responses in two hypothalamic eCBs, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA), in male and female mice during diet-induced obesity and explored the association of eCB levels with changes in brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis and body weight. We fed mice a high-fat diet (HFD), which induced a transient increase (substantial at 7 days) in hypothalamic eCBs, followed by a progressive decrease to basal levels with a long-term HFD. This transient rise at early stages of obesity is considered a physiologic compensatory response to BAT thermogenesis, which is activated by diet surplus. The eCB dynamic was sexually dimorphic: hypothalamic eCBs levels were higher in female mice, who became obese at later time points than males. The hypothalamic eCBs time course positively correlated with thermogenesis activation, but negatively matched body weight, leptinemia, and circulating eCB levels. Increased expression of eCB-synthetizing enzymes accompanied the transient hypothalamic eCB elevation. Icv injection of eCB did not promote BAT thermogenesis; however, administration of thermogenic molecules, such as central leptin or a peripheral ß3-adrenoreceptor agonist, induced a significant increase in hypothalamic eCBs, suggesting a directional link from BAT thermogenesis to hypothalamic eCBs. This study contributes to the understanding of hypothalamic regulation of obesity.

Dieta Hiperlipídica/efeitos adversos , Endocanabinoides/metabolismo , Hipotálamo/metabolismo , Obesidade/etiologia , Obesidade/metabolismo , Tecido Adiposo Marrom/metabolismo , Animais , Ácidos Araquidônicos/metabolismo , Feminino , Glicerídeos/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Alcamidas Poli-Insaturadas/metabolismo , Caracteres Sexuais
Mol Metab ; 19: 75-85, 2019 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30448371


OBJECTIVE: Carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1C (CPT1C) is implicated in central regulation of energy homeostasis. Our aim was to investigate whether CPT1C in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) is involved in the activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis in the early stages of diet-induced obesity. METHODS: CPT1C KO and wild type (WT) mice were exposed to short-term high-fat (HF) diet feeding or to intracerebroventricular leptin administration and BAT thermogenesis activation was evaluated. Body weight, adiposity, food intake, and leptinemia were also assayed. RESULTS: Under 7 days of HF diet, WT mice showed a maximum activation peak of BAT thermogenesis that counteracted obesity development, whereas this activation was impaired in CPT1C KO mice. KO animals evidenced higher body weight, adiposity, hyperleptinemia, ER stress, and disrupted hypothalamic leptin signaling. Leptin-induced BAT thermogenesis was abolished in KO mice. These results indicate an earlier onset leptin resistance in CPT1C KO mice. Since AMPK in the VMH is crucial in the regulation of BAT thermogenesis, we analyzed if CPT1C was a downstream factor of this pathway. Genetic inactivation of AMPK within the VMH was unable to induce BAT thermogenesis and body weight loss in KO mice, indicating that CPT1C is likely downstream AMPK in the central mechanism modulating thermogenesis within the VMH. Quite opposite, the expression of CPT1C in the VMH restored the phenotype. CONCLUSION: CPT1C is necessary for the activation of BAT thermogenesis driven by leptin, HF diet exposure, and AMPK inhibition within the VMH. This study underscores the importance of CPT1C in the activation of BAT thermogenesis to counteract diet-induced obesity.

Tecido Adiposo Marrom/metabolismo , Carnitina O-Palmitoiltransferase/metabolismo , Obesidade/metabolismo , Adiposidade , Animais , Peso Corporal , Dieta Hiperlipídica , Ingestão de Alimentos , Metabolismo Energético , Homeostase , Hipotálamo/metabolismo , Leptina/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Termogênese/fisiologia , Núcleo Hipotalâmico Ventromedial/metabolismo