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Normalization of circulating leptin levels by fasting improves the reproductive function in obese OLETF female rats.

In order to examine a possible detrimental effect of hyperleptinemia on the reproductive system, we examined whether a decrease in circulating leptin levels by fasting affects the estradiol/progesterone- induced luteinizing hormone (LH) and prolactin ( PRL) surges in genetically obese OLETF (Otsuka-Long-Evans-Tokushima-Fatty) rats. Experiments were performed on both normally fed and 3-day starved groups from ovariectomized OLETF rats and their controls LETO (Long-Evans-Tokushima-Otsuka). Starved LETO rats, whose leptin levels were less than 0.5 ng/ml, did not show a significant surge of either LH or PRL. Normally fed OLETF rats, whose leptin levels were 9.7 +/- 1.8 ng/ml, showed a significant but small surge for both LH and PRL. Interestingly, starved OLETF rats, whose leptin levels (4.1 +/- 0.7 ng/ml) were similar to those in normally fed LETO rats (3.3 +/- 0.4 ng/ml), had significantly greater surges of both hormones than normally fed OLETF group. This study demonstrates for the first time that the normalization of circulating leptin levels in female OLETF rats augments the steroid- induced LH and PRL surges, and also suggests a deleterious effect of hyperleptinemia on the reproductive axis.[1]

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  1. Normalization of circulating leptin levels by fasting improves the reproductive function in obese OLETF female rats. Watanobe, H., Yoneda, M., Kohsaka, A., Kakizaki, Y., Suda, T., Schiöth, H.B. Neuropeptides (2001) [Pubmed]
 
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