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From taste hedonics to motivational drive: central μ-opioid receptors and binge-eating behaviour.
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PMID:  19433009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Endogenous opioids and μ-opioid receptors (MORs) have long been implicated in the mechanism of appetite control and, in particular, hedonic processes associated with food evaluation, consumption and orosensory reward processes. In animal models of binge eating, selective MOR antagonists suppress food consumption. In humans, non-selective opioid receptor antagonists reduce hedonic taste preferences and food intake, particularly for palatable foods, and cause short-term weight loss. These effects have been linked to direct stimulation of MORs and modulation of dopamine release within the reward circuitry including the nucleus accumbens. These findings suggest that reduction of MOR-mediated hedonic and motivation processes driving consumption of highly palatable foods may be a promising therapeutic approach and provide a strong rationale for developing safer and more selective MOR antagonists or inverse agonists for disorders of 'appetitive motivation' including obesity and binge-eating disorder.
Pradeep J Nathan; Edward T Bullmore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-05-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP)     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1469-5111     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Neuropsychopharmacol.     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815893     Medline TA:  Int J Neuropsychopharmacol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  995-1008     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brain Mapping Unit, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK.
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