Enterostatin reduces serum cholesterol levels by way of a CCK1 receptor-dependent mechanism

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Abstract

Enterostatin (APGPR), an anorectic pentapeptide derived from the amino terminus of procolipase, significantly reduced serum cholesterol levels after oral administration at a dose of 100 mg/kg for 3 days in mice fed a high-cholesterol-cholic acid diet. The hypocholesterolemic effect of APGPR was inhibited by pretreatment with lorglumide, an antagonist for cholecystokinin 1 (CCK1) receptor, even though APGPR does not have any affinity for CCK1 receptors. Similarly, the hypocholesterolemic activity of VPDPR, an APGPR analogue, was blocked by lorglumide. These results suggest that the hypocholesterolemic effects of APGPR and VPDPR are mediated by a CCK1 receptor-dependent mechanism.

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