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Semin Dial. 2006 Jan-Feb;19(1):54-9.

Leptin and renal disease.

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. Brile003@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

Leptin is a mediator of metabolism and disease in a variety of organ systems, most notably as an agent of energy stores. However, its role in renal disease as an inflammatory agent as well as its potential impact on the cachexia of uremia have sparked new interest in the molecule for nephrologists. This review elucidates the complex uremic state, the historical discovery of leptin and its physiology, and the potential interactions leptin has on both the progression of kidney disease as well as the morbidity and mortality of end-stage renal disease.

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