Dietary peptides induce satiety via cholecystokinin-A and peripheral opioid receptors in rats

J Nutr. 2002 Sep;132(9):2775-80. doi: 10.1093/jn/132.9.2775.


We hypothesized that the digestion of proteins gives rise to peptides that initiate several satiety signals from the gut, and that the signals arising will be dependent on the protein source. The role of peripheral opioid and cholecystokinin (CCK)-A receptors was investigated. Casein, soy protein, and casein and soy hydrolysates were administered to rats by gavage (0.5 g protein/4 mL water). Food intake was measured over 2 h. The opioid receptor antagonist, naloxone methiodide (1.0 mg/kg) given intraperitoneally (i.p.), increased food intake when given at the same time as the hydrolysate preloads, 25 min after the casein preloads and 55 min after the soy protein preloads. The CCK-A receptor antagonist, devazepide (which reverses protein-induced food intake suppression), when given at 0.25 mg/kg, i.p., 60 min before preloads of each of three soy hydrolysates, also blocked suppression of food intake, but the strength and duration of the interaction depended on the preparation. When the two receptor antagonists were both administered with soy or casein preloads, their effects were additive. We conclude that peptides arising from digestion contribute to satiety by independent activation of both opioid and CCK-A receptors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caseins / administration & dosage
  • Caseins / metabolism
  • Devazepide / pharmacology
  • Dietary Proteins / metabolism*
  • Digestion
  • Drug Interactions
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Eating / physiology
  • Hormone Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Naloxone / pharmacology
  • Narcotic Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Peptides / physiology*
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptor, Cholecystokinin A
  • Receptors, Cholecystokinin / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Cholecystokinin / physiology*
  • Receptors, Opioid / physiology*
  • Satiation / physiology*
  • Soybean Proteins / administration & dosage
  • Soybean Proteins / metabolism
  • Time Factors


  • Caseins
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Hormone Antagonists
  • Narcotic Antagonists
  • Peptides
  • Receptor, Cholecystokinin A
  • Receptors, Cholecystokinin
  • Receptors, Opioid
  • Soybean Proteins
  • Naloxone
  • Devazepide