Plasma Leptin, Insulin And Free Tryptophan Contribute To Cytokine-Induced Anorexia

  • Tomoi Sato
  • Alessandro Laviano
  • MichaelM Meguid
  • FilippoRossi Fanelli
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 527)


Cytokines contribute to anorexia of diseases. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) and/or interleukin-1 (IL-1) stimulate leptin release, but not insulin. Both affect hypothalamus to decrease food intake (FI). Hypothalamic serotonin (5HT) decreases FI. Its synthesis depends on brain availability of precursor, tryptophan (TRP), which depends on plasma free TRP. Purpose is to test involvement of plasma leptin, insulin, TRP, and thus hypothalamic 5HT in cytokine-induced anorexia in rats. In male rats, IL-1 a (10 mg/kg/d; n=9), TNFa (30 mg/kg/d; n=9), Il-la+TNFa (10:30 mg/kg/d; n=9), TRP (100 mg/kg/d, n=8) and saline (n=8; Control) were injected sc for 2 days. FI, BW, plasma free and total TRP, leptin and insulin, and body fat were measured. Data analyzed via ANOVA. IL-la and IL-la+TNFa vs others decreased FI and BW. TNFa and TRP did not change FI and BW. Plasma total TRP was higher in TRP vs IL-la, TNFa, and IL-la+TNFa. Plasma free TRP was higher in IL-la and IL- l a+TNFa vs Control. IL-la and IL- l a+TNFa decreased leptin and body fat. Insulin in Control was lower than others. Data suggest: i) IL-la increases plasma free TRP, but not total TRP, thus increases hypothalamic 5HT synthesis, resulting in anorexia; ii) leptin does not mediate anorexia, but; iii) insulin may contribute to anorexia induced by cytokines.


Decrease Food Intake Tryptophan Concentration Plasma Tryptophan Free Tryptophan Brain Tryptophan 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomoi Sato
    • 1
  • Alessandro Laviano
    • 2
  • MichaelM Meguid
    • 3
  • FilippoRossi Fanelli
    • 4
  1. 1.Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition LaboratoryDepartment of Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuse
  2. 2.Department of Clinical MedicineUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Clinical MedicineUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryNiigata University School of MedicineNiigataJapan

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