New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons

The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.

The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.

leptin
Roger Unger, Endocrinologist and Authority on Diabetes, Dies
Roger Unger, Endocrinologist and Authority on Diabetes, Dies
Amanda Heidt | Sep 4, 2020
The University of Texas Southwestern scientist studied the roles of glucagon and insulin in regulating blood glucose, leading to several successful treatments.
Laura Bowers Works to Sever the Link Between Obesity and Cancer
Laura Bowers Works to Sever the Link Between Obesity and Cancer
Shawna Williams | Jul 15, 2019
The Purdue University nutrition researcher delves into the details of how fat tissue affects tumors.
Self-Control Center in the Brain Linked to Weight Loss
Self-Control Center in the Brain Linked to Weight Loss
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 18, 2018
Activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex was the best correlate of weight loss in a study of people on a restricted-calorie diet.
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
Catherine Offord | Mar 27, 2018
Baby frogs don’t develop the neural circuitry responsible for feeding inhibition until they begin metamorphosing into adults. 
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Nov 1, 2015
Meet some of the people featured in the November 2015 issue of The Scientist.
Neuronal Connection Between Fat and the Brain Visualized
Neuronal Connection Between Fat and the Brain Visualized
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 24, 2015
Researchers pinpoint the neurons within white fat tissue that mediate brain-bound leptin signaling and eventual fat breakdown.
Hormone Affects “Runner’s High”
Hormone Affects “Runner’s High”
Tracy Vence | Sep 2, 2015
Leptin, the satiety hormone produced by fat, affects neuronal signaling in the mouse brain; interference with this pathway can influence the rewarding effects of running in the animals.
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Brain’s Role in Browning White Fat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 15, 2015
Insulin and leptin act on specialized neurons in the mouse hypothalamus to promote conversion of white to beige fat.