Journal article

N-acetylcysteine reduces addiction-like behaviour towards high-fat high-sugar food in diet-induced obese rats

Diana Sketriene, Damien Battista, Christina J Perry, Priya Sumithran, Andrew J Lawrence, Robyn M Brown

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Compulsive forms of eating displayed by some obese individuals share similarities with compulsive drug-taking behaviour, a hallmark feature of substance use disorder. This raises the possibility that drug addiction treatments may show utility in the treatment of compulsive overeating. N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a cysteine pro-drug which has experienced some success in clinical trials, reducing cocaine, marijuana and cigarette use, as well as compulsive behaviours such as gambling and trichotillomania. We assessed the impact of NAC on addiction-like behaviour towards highly palatable food in a rat model of diet-induced obesity. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were placed on a high-fat high-suga..

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