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    Leptin, the product of the obese (ob or Lep) gene, was first cloned in teleost fish in 2005, more than a decade after its identification in mammals. This was because bony fish and mammalian leptins share a very low amino acid sequence identity, which suggests different functionality of the leptin system in fish compared to that of mammals. Indeed, major differences are evident between the mammalian and fish leptin system. Thus, for instance, mammalian leptin is synthesized and released by the adipose tissue in response to the amount of fat depots, while several tissues (mainly the liver) are the main sources of leptin in fish, whose determining factors of production are still unclear. In mammals, the main physiological role for leptin is its involvement in the maintenance of energy balance by decreasing food intake and increasing energy expenditure, although a wide variety of actions have been attributed to this hormone (e.g., regulation of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, reproduction and immune functions). In fish, available literature also points towards a multifunctional nature for leptin, although knowledge on its functions is limited. In this review, we offer an overview of teleostean leptin structure and mechanism of action, and discuss the available knowledge on the role of this hormone in food intake regulation in teleost fish, aiming to provide a comparative overview between the functioning of the teleostean and mammalian leptin systems. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


    Ayelén Melisa Blanco, José Luis Soengas. Leptin signalling in teleost fish with emphasis in food intake regulation. Molecular and cellular endocrinology. 2021 Apr 15;526:111209

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