Drug Discov Ther. 2016;10(2):62-73. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2016.01014)

Regulation of food intake and the development of anti-obesity drugs.

Chen Y


As the most significant cause of death worldwide, obesity has become one of the world's most important public health problems, but approved anti-obesity drugs are extremely limited. This article summarizes the feeding control circuits and regulators involved in obesity development, highlight the hypothalamus, melanocortin system and brain-gut peptide actions in this process, and the five US FDA approved anti-obesity medications in long term use, namely phentermine/topiramate, lorcaserin, naltrexone/bupropion, liraglutide and orlistat.

KEYWORDS: Anti-obesity drugs, feed control, brain gut peptide, hypothalamus

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