May function as part of a signaling pathway that acts to regulate the size of the body fat depot. An increase in the level of LEP may act directly or indirectly on the CNS to inhibit food intake and/or regulate energy expenditure as part of a homeostatic mechanism to maintain constancy of the adipose mass. Defects in LEP may be a cause of obesity (OBESITY). It is a condition characterized by an increase of body weight beyond the limitation of skeletal and physical requirements, as the result of excessive accumulation of body fat. Belongs to the leptin family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Secreted; Secreted, signal peptide; Cell development/differentiation; Hormone
Cellular Component: extracellular space; cytoplasm; extracellular region
Biological Process: circadian rhythm; response to dietary excess; positive regulation of myeloid cell differentiation; regulation of fat cell differentiation; regulation of steroid biosynthetic process; negative regulation of transcription from RNA polymerase II promoter; female pregnancy; positive regulation of luteinizing hormone secretion; negative regulation of appetite; response to insulin stimulus; positive regulation of tyrosine phosphorylation of Stat3 protein; response to vitamin E; positive regulation of MAPKKK cascade; regulation of cholesterol absorption; regulation of blood pressure; positive regulation of cell proliferation; positive regulation of ion transport; placenta development; central nervous system neuron development; positive regulation of cytokine production; cholesterol metabolic process; positive regulation of developmental growth; eating behavior; bile acid metabolic process; glucose metabolic process; adult feeding behavior; fatty acid catabolic process; ovulation from ovarian follicle; leptin-mediated signaling pathway; negative regulation of vasoconstriction; tyrosine phosphorylation of STAT protein; insulin secretion; glycerol biosynthetic process; response to hypoxia; energy reserve metabolic process; hormone metabolic process; regulation of gluconeogenesis; positive regulation of follicle-stimulating hormone secretion; positive regulation of insulin receptor signaling pathway; leukocyte tethering or rolling; regulation of insulin secretion; negative regulation of apoptosis