G Protein-Coupled Receptors in Energy Homeostasis and Obesity Pathogenesis, Volume 114

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editors: Ya-Xiong Tao
Print ISBN: 9780123869333
eBook ISBN: 9780123869524
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 2013
Page Count: 400
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Obesity is an epidemic with enormous health, economic and social burdens. Current drugs for obesity treatment are far from ideal in terms of efficacy and side effects. Reviews in this volume of Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science summarize current status in studies of a number of G protein-coupled receptors that were shown to be promising targets for obesity treatments. Some of these receptors also cause monogenic obesity in humans.

Key Features

  • Subject matter: obesity is an epidemic and G protein-coupled receptors are promising drug targets, with significant potential as new anti-obesity drugs
  • Chapters are written by leading experts


Molecular biologists and researchers in fields related to translational science

Table of Contents



Chapter One. G Protein-Coupled Receptors as Regulators of Energy Homeostasis


1 Introduction to G Protein-Coupled Receptors

2 Obesity and Current Treatments

3 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis in the Central Nervous System

4 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis by the GI Peptides

5 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis by Peptides from Endocrine Pancreas

6 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis by Orphan GPCRs

7 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis by GPCRs in Domestic Animals

8 Regulation of Energy Homeostasis by GPCRs in Lower Vertebrates

9 Genetics of Human Obesity

10 Summary



Chapter Two. Ghrelin Receptor in Energy Homeostasis and Obesity Pathogenesis

1 Overview of the Ghrelin Receptor

2 The Ghrelin Receptor and Energy Metabolism

3 Strategies for Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes

4 Conclusion



Chapter Three. Obestatin Receptor in Energy Homeostasis and Obesity Pathogenesis

1 Two Proposed Obestatin Receptors

2 Obestatin and its Receptor(s) in Energy Homeostasis



Chapter Four. Melanocortin-3 Receptors and Metabolic Homeostasis

1 Introduction

2 The “Leptin-Melanocortin” Pathway: A Canonical Pathway Linking Energy Stores with Neural Outputs Regulating Adaptation to Energy Requirements

3 The Central Nervous Melanocortin System

4 Cloning of the Melanocortin Receptors

5 Melanocortin-3 Receptors in Metabolic Homeostasis

6 Conclusions and Future Directions



Chapter Five. Melanocortin-4 Receptor in Energy Homeostasis and Obesity Pathogenesis

1 The Melanocortin-4 Receptor Gene (MC4R)

2 From Rodent MC4R Models to Human Obesity



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About the Serial Volume Editor

Ya-Xiong Tao

Dr. Ya-Xiong Tao is currently Associate Professor of Physiology at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama, USA. He has been working on several G protein-coupled receptors, including gonadotropin receptors regulating reproduction, and melanocortin receptors regulating energy and glucose homeostasis. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed biomedical journals and obtained funding for his research from National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, among others. He has delivered numerous lectures at universities and research institutes in USA. Canada, and China. He is visiting or guest professors at four universities and research institute in China. He has edited four volumes in Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science and is editing a volume of Advances in Pharmacology. He teaches several courses, including Physiology, Receptorology, and Molecular Endocrinology, for veterinarian and graduate students.

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL, USA


Praise for the series:
"Full of interest not only for the molecular biologist-for whom the numerous references will be invaluable-but will also appeal to a much wider circle of biologists, and in fact to all those who are concerned with the living cell." --British Medical Journal