NEU-P11, a novel melatonin agonist, inhibits weight gain and improves insulin sensitivity in high-fat/high-sucrose-fed rats

Pharmacol Res. 2009 Apr;59(4):248-53. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2009.01.005. Epub 2009 Jan 24.


Evidences indicate that a complex relationship exists among sleep disorders, obesity and insulin resistance. NEU-P11 is a novel melatonin agonist used in treatment of psychophysiological insomnia, and in animal studies NEU-P11 showed sleep-promoting effect. In this study, we applied NEU-P11 on obese rats to assess its potential melatoninergic effects in vivo. Obese models were established using high-fat/high-sucrose-fed for 5 months. NEU-P11 (10mg/kg)/melatonin (4mg/kg)/vehicle were administered by a daily intraperitoneal injection respectively for 8 weeks. Our results showed that NEU-P11 or melatonin inhibited both body weight gain and deposit of abdominal fat with no influence on food intake. The impaired insulin sensitivity and antioxidative potency were improved and the levels of plasma glucose, total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG) decreased with an increased in HDL-cholesterol (HDL-c) after NEU-P11 or melatonin administration. These data suggest that NEU-P11, like melatonin, decreased body weight gain and improved insulin sensitivity and metabolic profiles in obese rats. We conclude that NEU-P11 has a melatoninergic effect on regulating body weight in obese rats and also improving metabolic profiles and efficiently enhancing insulin sensitivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Dietary Fats
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Melatonin / pharmacology*
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, Melatonin / agonists*


  • Dietary Fats
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Insulin
  • Receptors, Melatonin
  • Glucose
  • Melatonin