Fat in the intestine as a regulator of appetite--role of CCK

Physiol Behav. 2004 Dec 30;83(4):617-21. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2004.07.031.


The present review summarizes the appetite-suppressing effects of intestinal fat in the regulation of food intake in humans, with a special focus on the role of cholecystokinin (CCK). Current evidence supports a role for intestinal fat (especially long-chain free fatty acids) acting via the peptide CCK as a physiological satiety pathway. The regulation of satiety is, however, complex and it is not surprising that multiple control systems exist. It is interesting to note that nutrients, such as hydrolysis products of fat in the small intestine, stimulate the release of satiety peptides, such as CCK or PYY, that serve as satiety signals. CCK, released from the gastrointestinal tract by the local action of digested food, exerts various functions: stimulation of gallbladder contraction and exocrine pancreatic secretion, inhibition of gastric emptying, and inhibition of appetite. CCK functions therefore (1) as a positive feedback signal to stimulate digestive processes and (2) as negative feedback signal to limit the amount of food consumed during an individual meal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Appetite / drug effects*
  • Appetite / physiology
  • Cholecystokinin / physiology*
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Fats / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Intestines / drug effects*
  • Intestines / physiology
  • Models, Biological


  • Fats
  • Cholecystokinin