Time-restricted feeding prevents ablation of diurnal rhythms in gastric vagal afferent mechanosensitivity observed in high-fat diet-induced obese mice

Stephen J. Kentish, George Hatzinikolas, Hui Li, Claudine L. Frisby, Gary Wittert, Amanda Page

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Mechanosensitive gastric vagal afferents (GVAs) are involved in the regulation of food intake. GVAs exhibit diurnal rhythmicity in their response to food-related stimuli, allowing time of day-specific satiety signaling. This diurnal rhythmicity is ablated in high-fat-diet (HFD)-induced obesity. Time-restricted feeding (TRF) has a strong influence on peripheral clocks. This study aimed to determine whether diurnal patterns in GVA mechanosensitivity are entrained by TRF. Eight-week-old male C57BL/6 mice (N = 256) were fed a standard laboratory diet (SLD) or HFD for 12 weeks. After 4 weeks of diet acclimatization, the mice were fed either ad libitum or only during the light phase [Zeitgeber time (ZT) 0–12] or dark phase (ZT12–24) for 8 weeks. A subgroup of mice from all conditions (n = 8/condition) were placed in metabolic cages. After 12 weeks, ex vivo GVA recordings were taken at 3 h intervals starting at ZT0. HFD mice gained more weight than SLD mice. TRF did not affect weight gain in the SLD mice, but decreased weight gain in the HFD mice regardless of the TRF period. In SLD mice, diurnal rhythms in food intake were inversely associated with diurnal rhythmicity of GVA mechanosensitivity. These diurnal rhythms were entrained by the timing of food intake. In HFD mice, diurnal rhythms in food intake and diurnal rhythmicity of GVA mechanosensitivity were dampened. Loss of diurnal rhythmicity in HFD mice was abrogated by TRF. In conclusion, diurnal rhythmicity in GVA responses to food-related stimuli can be entrained by food intake. TRF prevents the loss of diurnal rhythmicity that occurs in HFD-induced obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5088-5095
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 30 May 2018


  • Circadian rhythmicity
  • Obesity
  • Stomach
  • Time-restricted feeding
  • Vagal afferents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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