Journal article

Orexins (hypocretins): The intersection between homeostatic and hedonic feeding

Muthmainah Muthmainah, Andrea Gogos, Priya Sumithran, Robyn M Brown

JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Orexins are hypothalamic neuropeptides originally discovered to play a role in the regulation of feeding behaviour. The broad connections of orexin neurons to mesocorticolimbic circuitry suggest they may play a role in mediating reward-related behaviour beyond homeostatic feeding. Here, we review the role of orexin in a variety of eating-related behaviour, with a focus on reward and motivation, and the neural circuits driving these effects. One emerging finding is the involvement of orexins in hedonic and appetitive behaviour towards palatable food, in addition to their role in homeostatic feeding. This review discusses the brain circuitry and possible mechanisms underlying the role of orexi..

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