n South African Psychiatry Review - Leptin and psychiatry
|Article Title||Leptin and psychiatry|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Psychiatry Review|
|Author||Yusuf Moosa and Yasmin Jeenah|
|Publication Date||Aug 2003|
|Pages||6 - 11|
|Keyword(s)||Anorexia, Depression, Leptin, Psychiatry and Psychotropic|
Leptin, a protein, is secreted mainly by adipocytes. It is important in the regulation of food intake and energy balance. It also has metabolic and neuroendocrine functions. Numerous studies have exploited the relationship between leptin levels and various psychatric conditions and treatments. To date, no conclusive relationship has been established although there may be a greater role for leptin than is currently understood.
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