The association between fat consumption and obesity underscores the need to identify physiological signals that control fat intake. Previous studies have shown that feeding stimulates small-intestinal mucosal cells to produce the lipid messenger oleoylethanolamide (OEA) which, when administered as a drug, decreases meal frequency by engaging peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors-alpha (PPAR-alpha). Here, we report that duodenal infusion of fat stimulates OEA mobilization in the proximal small intestine, whereas infusion of protein or carbohydrate does not. OEA production utilizes dietary oleic acid as a substrate and is disrupted in mutant mice lacking the membrane fatty-acid transporter CD36. Targeted disruption of CD36 or PPAR-alpha abrogates the satiety response induced by fat. The results suggest that activation of small-intestinal OEA mobilization, enabled by CD36-mediated uptake of dietary oleic acid, serves as a molecular sensor linking fat ingestion to satiety.
The Lipid Messenger OEA Links Dietary Fat Intake to Satiety / Gary J., Schwartz; Jin, Fu; Giuseppe, Astarita; L., Xiaosong; Gaetani, Silvana; Campolongo, Patrizia; Cuomo, Vincenzo; Daniele, Piomelli. - In: CELL METABOLISM. - ISSN 1550-4131. - STAMPA. - 8:4(2008), pp. 281-288. [10.1016/j.cmet.2008.08.005]