Leptin–from the Greek word “leptos”, meaning thin–is a protein hormone that affects the regulation body weight, metabolism and reproductive function.

LeptinĀ is encoded by the obese (ob) gene and is expressed by adipocytes–or fat cells- and acts on the central nervous system to suppress food intake and increase energy consumption.

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Duell PB, Weigle DS, Connor WE.Effects of energy intake on the regulation of plasma leptin concentrations.Am J Clin Nutr. 1998 Dec;68(6):1304.

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