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Food odors trigger an endocrine response that affects food ingestion and metabolism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9190-6873
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1147-7766
2015 (English)In: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (CMLS), ISSN 1420-682X, E-ISSN 1420-9071, Vol. 72, no 16, 3143-3155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food odors stimulate appetite and innate food-seeking behavior in hungry animals. The smell of food also induces salivation and release of gastric acid and insulin. Conversely, sustained odor exposure may induce satiation. We demonstrate novel effects of food odors on food ingestion, metabolism and endocrine signaling in Drosophila melanogaster. Acute exposure to attractive vinegar odor triggers a rapid and transient increase in circulating glucose, and a rapid upregulation of genes encoding the glucagon-like hormone adipokinetic hormone (AKH), four insulin-like peptides (DILPs) and some target genes in peripheral tissues. Sustained exposure to food odors, however, decreases food intake. Hunger-induced strengthening of synaptic signaling from olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) to brain neurons increases food-seeking behavior, and conversely fed flies display reduced food odor sensitivity and feeding. We show that increasing the strength of OSN signaling chronically by genetic manipulation of local peptide neuromodulation reduces feeding, elevates carbohydrates and diminishes lipids. Furthermore, constitutively strengthened odor sensitivity altered gene transcripts for AKH, DILPs and some of their targets. Thus, we show that food odor can induce a transient anticipatory endocrine response, and that boosted sensitivity to this odor affects food intake, as well as metabolism and hormonal signaling.

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2015. Vol. 72, no 16, 3143-3155 p.
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Insulin-like peptides, Adipokinetic hormone, Neuropeptides, Olfactory sensory neurons, Feeding, Drosophila melanogaster
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Cell Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114784DOI: 10.1007/s00018-015-1884-4ISI: 000358088000010OAI: diva2:794039
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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