Leptin in the newborn mouse. Plasma concentrations, characterization of the circulating hormone, and tissue source.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Previous studies suggested that brown adipose tissue (BAT) provides a source of circulating leptin in the newborn mouse. However, we detected no leptin mRNA in newborn BAT or in newborn liver or stomach. In contrast, leptin expression was detected readily in newborn white adipose tissue (WAT). Fasting plasma leptin concentrations in newborn mice were comparable to those in adult nonpregnant mice. In contrast to adult mice, however, the fasting leptin levels in newborn males were comparable to those in females. While leptin in the late-gestational pregnant mouse circulates as a complex with the leptin-binding protein, leptin in the newborn mouse circulates as the free hormone. Factors regulating the expression of leptin by newborn WAT remain to be elucidated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oden, J; Fleenor, D; Driscoll, P; Freemark, M

Published Date

  • August 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 116

PubMed ID

  • 12169833

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3126

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1159/000063086


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland