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We have previously demonstrated that genetically based leptin deficiency due to a missense leptin gene mutation in a highly consanguineous extended Turkish pedigree is associated with morbid obesity and hypogonadism. We have now performed detailed assessments of endocrine, sympathetic, and immune function. We have also identified a new adult female(More)
Genetic mutations in the leptin pathway can be a cause of human obesity. It is still unknown whether leptin can be effective in the treatment of fully established morbid obesity and its endocrine and metabolic consequences in adults. To test the hypothesis that leptin has a key role in metabolic and endocrine regulation in adults, we examined the effects of(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to investigate the status of oxidative stress and nitric oxide related parameters in type II diabetes mellitus (DM) patients in which heart disease, atherosclerosis, retinopathy, and nephropathy commonly occur, and also to determine the effect of glycemic control on these parameters. DESIGN AND METHODS Erythrocyte(More)
CHARGE syndrome and Kallmann syndrome (KS) are two distinct developmental disorders sharing overlapping features of impaired olfaction and hypogonadism. KS is a genetically heterogeneous disorder consisting of idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH) and anosmia, and is most commonly due to KAL1 or FGFR1 mutations. CHARGE syndrome, a multisystem(More)
Although the effects of androgen deficiency in the immune system have long been appreciated, little is known about the immunological features of patients with Klinefelter's syndrome (KS). On the other hand, interest in androgens as a possible treatment for some autoimmune diseases is growing. In the present study, some immunological parameters were(More)
Leptin signals the status of energy reserves to the brain. Leptin stimulates biosynthesis of TRH in vitro and influences the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis in vivo in rodents. Because blood levels of both leptin and TSH display diurnal variation with a distinct nocturnal rise, we sought to determine whether a relationship exists between(More)
OBJECTIVES Antioxidants protect an organism from the detrimental effects of free radicals via scavenging or inhibiting their formation. Alterations in the levels of antioxidants and several essential trace elements in the plasma and various tissues of ob/ob mice have been reported previously. The aim of this study was to investigate oxidative status and(More)
The hormone leptin profoundly affects body weight and metabolism. Three human adults (two women, 35 and 40 yr old; one man, age 27) have been identified with a recessive mutation in the ob gene, which is homologous to the mutation in ob/ob mice, and produces leptin deficiency and morbid obesity. Because leptin replacement increases brain weight and changes(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Leptin is a protein that affects the metabolic, neuroendocrine, reproductive and hematopoietic systems and is involved in the regulation of body weight. The possible role of leptin in cancer patients, whose aforementioned systems show disorders at various levels, has been investigated by only a few studies and the results are quite(More)