Journal article

Leptin reduces food intake but does not alter weight regain following food deprivation in the rat

E Velkoska, MJ Morris, P Burns, RS Weisinger

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2003

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: When animals are allowed free access to food following an extended period of food restriction, body weight is steadily restored to the pre-food restriction level, ie to a specific body weight 'set-point'. We tested the proposition that leptin is used as a signal by the brain to regulate body weight 'set-point'. To this end, we determined whether long-term leptin infusion in rats would prevent the normal weight regain after food restriction. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats received leptin (leptin-treated) or saline (vehicle-treated) by intravenous infusion. After a 2 week run-in period, food intake was adjusted to 50% of each individual's normal intake for 12 days. Two days prior..

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