Leptin is a fat cell-derived satiety factor that regulates food intake and energy expenditure. Its effects are mediated by interactions with the leptin receptor (Ob-R) that is alternatively spliced to encode at least five isoforms(a-e), which are distributed in a wide range of tissues including the hypothalamus. Ob-R is a member of cytokine receptors and involves the JAK-STAT signal transduction system. We found Ob-R mutations in Zucker fatty rats and obese Koletsky rats and demonstrated that Ob-R dysfunction brings around hyperphagia and obesity. However we and others have not found any Ob-R mutation in human obese subjects.
|Number of pages
|Nippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
|Published - Jul 1998
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Medicine