The role of CART in body weight homeostasis

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Abstract

Cocaine–amphetamine regulated transcript (CART) was first identified as a complete mRNA transcript 10 years ago. Since then it has been demonstrated that CART is a peptide neurotransmitter which has a role in a number of physiological processes, including body weight homeostasis and energy balance, in a number of vertebrate species. Research to date has demonstrated a role for CART in the control of food intake at a number of levels within the brain of both animals and man.

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