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ghrelin/obestatin preprohormone
Obestatin NMR structure in SDS / DPC micellar solution.[1]
NCBI gene51738
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Obestatin is a hormone that is produced in specialized epithelial cells of the stomach and small intestine of several animals including humans.[2] Obestatin was originally identified as an anorectic peptide, but its effect on food intake remains controversial.[3]



Obestatin was discovered using a bioinformatics approach: by computer search of the sequenced genomes of several organisms.[4]



The obestatin structure to the right was determined by NMR. The length of the polypeptide was found to be 24 residues with a secondary structure 29% helical. Specifically 2 helices and 7 residues are formed.[1]

Gene and transcription


Obestatin is encoded by the same gene that encodes ghrelin, a peptide hormone. The mRNA produced from the GHRL gene has four exons. Five products of similar structure and function arise: the first is the 117-amino acid preproghrelin. (It is homologous to promotilin; both are members of the motilin family). It is cleaved to produce proghrelin which is cleaved to produce a 28-amino acid ghrelin (unacylated) and C-ghrelin(acylated). Obestatin is presumed to be cleaved from C-ghrelin.[5]



It was originally proposed that GPR39 functioned as an obestatin receptor, however more recent findings suggest that this is unlikely.[6]

Blood levels


As yet no biochemical studies of circulating obestatin have been carried out.



Obestatin opposes the actions of ghrelin which are growth hormone secretion and increased appetite.[3] The purpose of producing two hormones with opposing effects is not clear: removing the ghrelin gene from mice did not significantly reduce food intake. No secretory convertase is capable of cleaving the recombinant proghrelin precursor by cleavage at the single basic residue required for generation of the obestatin sequence.[7] Thus the physiological generation of this particular peptide sequence remains unproven. Obestatin has opposite action to ghrelin on food intake and plays a role in energy balance.[8] Circuit-resistance exercise resulted in a significant change in GH levels, but had no effect on plasma Obestatin levels.[9]

Clinical significance


Studies on the obestatin/ghrelin ratio in the gastrointestinal tract and plasma are associated with some diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),[10] obesity,[11] Prader–Willi syndrome,[12] and type II diabetes mellitus.[13][14]

See also



  1. ^ a b PDB: 2JSH​; Scrima M, Campiglia P, Esposito C, Gomez-Monterrey I, Novellino E, D'Ursi AM (November 2007). "Obestatin conformational features: a strategy to unveil obestatin's biological role?". Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 363 (3): 500–5. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.08.200. PMID 17904104.
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  8. ^ Zizzari P, Longchamps R, Epelbaum J, Bluet-Pajot MT (2007). "Obestatin partially affects ghrelin stimulation of food intake and growth hormone secretion in rodents". Endocrinology. 148 (4): 1648–53. doi:10.1210/en.2006-1231. PMC 1890395. PMID 17204551.
  9. ^ Ghanbari-Niaki A, Saghebjoo M, Rahbarizadeh F (2008). "single circuit-resistance exercise has no effect on plasma obestatin levels in female college students". Peptides. 29 (3): 487–490. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2007.11.002. PMID 18308154. S2CID 20008762.
  10. ^ Sjölund K, Ekman R, Wierup N (June 2010). "Covariation of plasma ghrelin and motilin in irritable bowel syndrome". Peptides. 31 (6): 1109–12. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2010.03.021. PMID 20338210. S2CID 11646192.
  11. ^ Zhang N, Yuan C, Li Z, Li J, Li X, Li C, Li R, Wang SR (January 2011). "Meta-analysis of the relationship between obestatin and ghrelin levels and the ghrelin/obestatin ratio with respect to obesity". Am. J. Med. Sci. 341 (1): 48–55. doi:10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3181ec41ed. PMID 21139496. S2CID 11960114.
  12. ^ Haqq AM, Muehlbauer M, Svetkey LP, Newgard CB, Purnell JQ, Grambow SC, Freemark MS (December 2007). "Altered distribution of adiponectin isoforms in children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS): association with insulin sensitivity and circulating satiety peptide hormones". Clin. Endocrinol. 67 (6): 944–51. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2265.2007.02991.x. PMC 2605973. PMID 17666087.
  13. ^ Qi X, Li L, Yang G, Liu J, Li K, Tang Y, Liou H, Boden G (April 2007). "Circulating obestatin levels in normal subjects and in patients with impaired glucose regulation and type 2 diabetes mellitus". Clin. Endocrinol. 66 (4): 593–7. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2265.2007.02776.x. PMID 17371480. S2CID 24834549.
  14. ^ Harsch IA, Koebnick C, Tasi AM, Hahn EG, Konturek PC (October 2009). "Ghrelin and obestatin levels in type 2 diabetic patients with and without delayed gastric emptying". Dig. Dis. Sci. 54 (10): 2161–6. doi:10.1007/s10620-008-0622-2. PMID 19082715. S2CID 27182413.

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