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Gustatory and reward brain circuits in the control of food intake.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21197607     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gustation is a multisensory process allowing for the selection of nutrients and the rejection of irritating and/or toxic compounds. Since obesity is a highly prevalent condition that is critically dependent on food intake and energy expenditure, a deeper understanding of gustatory processing is an important objective in biomedical research. Recent findings have provided evidence that central gustatory processes are distributed across several cortical and subcortical brain areas. Furthermore, these gustatory sensory circuits are closely related to the circuits that process reward. Here, we present an overview of the activation and connectivity between central gustatory and reward areas. Moreover, and given the limitations in number and effectiveness of treatments currently available for overweight patients, we discuss the possibility of modulating neuronal activity in these circuits as an alternative in the treatment of obesity.
A J Oliveira-Maia; C D Roberts; S A Simon; M A L Nicolelis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances and technical standards in neurosurgery     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0095-4829     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Tech Stand Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  2014-01-09     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501064     Medline TA:  Adv Tech Stand Neurosurg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiology*
Deep Brain Stimulation / methods*
Eating / physiology
Obesity / physiopathology*,  therapy
Taste Perception / physiology*
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