The release of leptin and its effect on hormone release from human pituitary adenomas.
BACKGROUND: Leptin is the protein product of the obese gene, known to play an important role in body energy balance. The leptin receptor exists in numerous isoforms, the long isoform being the major form involved in signal transduction. Leptin expression has recently been demonstrated in the human pituitary, both in normal tissue and in pituitary adenomas. The long isoform of the leptin receptor has also been shown to be present in pituitary adenomas; however, contrasting results have been ob...Expand abstract
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