Caloric Restriction-Induced Decreases in Dopamine Receptor Availability are Associated with Leptin Concentration

Julia P. Dunn, Naji N. Abumrad, Robert M. Kessler, Bruce W. Patterson, Rui Li, Pamela Marks-Shulman, Robyn A. Tamboli

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Objective: It has been previously reported that early after Roux-en-Y-gastric bypass, dopamine (DA) type 2 and 3 receptor (D2/3R) binding potential (BPND) was decreased from preoperative levels. The current study aimed to determine whether calorie restriction without weight loss modifies D2/3R BPND and whether such changes are explained by neuroendocrine regulation. Methods: Fifteen females with obesity (BMI = 39 ± 6 kg/m2) were studied before and after ∼10 days of a very-low-calorie-diet (VLCD). Outcome measures included fasting insulin, leptin, acyl ghrelin, and glucose, and insulin sensitivity and disposition index were estimated using the oral-minimal model (OMM) method. Participants underwent positron emission tomography scanning with the displaceable radioligand [18F]fallypride to estimate available regional D2/3R levels. Regions of interest included the caudate, putamen, ventral striatum, hypothalamus, and substantia nigra (SN). Results: With the VLCD, weight decreased slightly (−3 kg). Insulin, glucose, and leptin decreased significantly, but there was no change in acyl ghrelin or measures from OMM. SN D2/3R BPND decreased significantly, with trends toward decreased levels in the remaining regions. The decrease in leptin concentration strongly predicted the change in D2/3R BPND in all regions (all P ≤ 0.004). Conclusions: In obesity, reductions in regional D2/3R availability after VLCD are suggestive of increased endogenous DA competing with the radioligand. Changes in regional D2/3R availability were associated with decreases in leptin concentrations that occurred before clinically significant weight loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1910-1915
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017


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