|Human, Mouse, Rat|
Application Methods: Immunofluorescence (Frozen), Immunofluorescence (Immunocytochemistry), Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Western Blotting
Background: Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a 36 amino acid peptide that belongs to the pancreatic polypeptide (PP) family, which also includes peptide YY (PYY) (1). The mature 36-residue NPY is produced from a larger pre-pro 97-residue NPY precursor through a series of cleavage reactions at dibasic sites and C-terminal amidation of the peptide product (2). NPY is widely expressed in the central nervous system (3) and exerts its action through stimulation of 5 different receptors (Y1-Y5) that belong to the G protein-coupled receptor family (4). NPY in the hypothalamus exhibits orexigenic activity through activation of Y1 and Y5 receptors (5). NPY is involved in the control of bone homeostasis, through the regulation of osteoblast activity by Y1 and Y2 receptors (6), and the regulation of testosterone secretion by activating Y1 receptor in testicular vessels (7). Research studies suggest that modulation of NPY activity and signaling represents a potential strategy for the development of appetite control and antiobesity agents (8).
|Human, Mouse, Rat|
Application Methods: Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Western Blotting
Background: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptides are neurotransmitters of 39 and 47 amino acids that are involved in a variety of physiological processes. The CART precursor, a polypeptide of 116 residues, requires prohormone/proprotein convertase-mediated endoproteolytic cleavage to produce the two active peptides (1). CART peptides are found in several neuroendocrine tissues such as the brain, pituitary, adrenals, and pancreas (2). Hypothalamic CART is regulated by leptin, and plays a role in appetite and feeding behavior (3). Mesolimbic CART is regulated by CREB and may play a role in drug abuse behaviors by mediating some of CREB effects (4). Pancreatic CART is found in islet endocrine cells and parasympathetic and sensory nerves. It inhibits glucose-stimulated insulin secretion and has been found to be up-regulated in beta cells in animal model of diabetes (5). A missense mutation in the corresponding CART gene can correlate with susceptibility to obesity and reduced resting energy expenditure (6).