The animal model in food intake regulation: Examples from the opioid literature

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Abstract

Animal models allow us to investigate the basic mechanisms by which food intake is regulated. There are a host of neuroregulators distributed across a complex central network that control eating behavior. The opioid peptides represent one family of such regulators that have been studied extensively in animals. Using anatomical, biochemical and behavioral methods investigators have found that opioids play an important role in reward-related eating. In this brief review we summarize representative animal studies that utilize a variety of experimental techniques to help explain the role of opioids in ingestive behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-96
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 30 2006

Keywords

  • Animal models
  • Food intake
  • Immunohistochemical
  • Ingestive behavior
  • Molecular
  • Operant
  • Opioids

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