An Examination of the Role of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor in Neural Circuits Controlling Homeostatic and Hedonic Food Intake.

Cordeira, Joshua.


  • Abstract: Food intake is a complex behavior coordinated, in part, by homeostatic mechanisms in the hypothalamus balancing nutritional and caloric requirements. Hedonic pleasure derived from indulging in palatable food is mediated by a midbrain circuit known as the mesolimbic dopamine pathway. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor, TrkB, are critical components within these ... read more
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