Treatment of epilepsy or bipolar disorder with valproic acid (VPA) induces weight gain and increased serum levels for the satiety hormone, leptin, through an unidentified mechanism. In this study we tested the effects of VPA, a short-chain branched fatty acid (C8:0), on leptin biology and fatty acid metabolism in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. VPA significantly reduced… (More)
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