Robert M Blum

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A photoperiod with a short photophase induces a winterlike phenotype in Siberian hamsters that includes a progressive decrease in food intake and body mass and reproductive organ regression, as well as reversible hypothermia in the form of short-duration torpor. Torpor substantially reduces energy utilization and is not initiated until body mass, fat(More)
The "adipostat hypothesis" refers to the idea that circulating hormone concentrations reflect levels of body adiposity and act as signals to control food intake and reproduction. Implicit in the adipostatic hypothesis are the following two assumptions: 1) plasma levels of adipostatic hormones accurately reflect body fat content and 2) decreased plasma(More)
In the 'postgenome era', most research on the neuroendocrine control of energy homeostasis has focused on hormonal and neuropeptide control of food intake (i.e. the amount of food eaten) in rats and mice. The amount of food consumed is influenced by both the motivation to procure food and the consummatory act of ingestion. In some species, the rate of food(More)
Leptin treatment prevents the effects of fasting on reproductive processes in a variety of species. The mechanisms that underlie these effects have not been elucidated. Progress in this area of research might be facilitated by viewing reproductive processes in relation to mechanisms that maintain fuel homeostasis. Reproduction, food intake, and fuel(More)
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