An Emerging Technology Framework for the Neurobiology of Appetite

Cell Metab. 2016 Feb 9;23(2):234-53. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.12.002. Epub 2015 Dec 24.


Advances in neuro-technology for mapping, manipulating, and monitoring molecularly defined cell types are rapidly advancing insight into neural circuits that regulate appetite. Here, we review these important tools and their applications in circuits that control food seeking and consumption. Technical capabilities provided by these tools establish a rigorous experimental framework for research into the neurobiology of hunger.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Appetite / physiology*
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Neurobiology*
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Neuropeptides / metabolism
  • Optogenetics


  • Neuropeptides