Loss of bombesin-induced feeding suppression in gastrin-releasing peptide receptor-deficient mice

Lori L. Hampton, Ellen Elizabeth Ladenheim, Mark Akeson, James M. Way, H. Christian Weber, Vince E. Sutliff, Robert T. Jensen, Lara J. Wine, Heinz Arnheiter, James F. Battey

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The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRP-R) is one of three members of the mammalian bombesin subfamily of seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors that mediate diverse biological responses including secretion, neuromodulation, chemotaxis, and growth. The X chromosome-linked GRP-R gene is expressed widely during embryonic development and predominantly in gastrointestinal, neuronal, and neuroendocrine systems in the adult. Surprisingly, gene-targeted mice lacking a functional GRP-R gene develop and reproduce normally and show no gross phenotypic abnormalities. However, peripheral administration of bombesin at dosages up to 32 nmol/kg to such mice had no effect on the suppression of glucose intake, whereas normal mice showed a dose-dependent suppression of glucose intake. These data suggest that selective agonists for the GRP-R may be useful in inducing satiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3188-3192
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • General

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