Food and Drug Rewards are Processed by Unique Pathways in Mice

The motivation for natural rewards is mediated by both classic homeostatic circuits as well as mesolimbic dopaminergic circuits in the brain. It is not known how external rewards influence homeostatic circuits in the hypothalamus to alter behavior. Within the hypothalamus, agouti-related protein (AgRP-) and pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-expressing neurons play a key role in the control of food intake.

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Published by BrainPost.


Lincoln M. Tracy
Research Fellow and Freelance Writer