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Leptin: A Trigger for Puberty?

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Science  29 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5292, pp. 1466-1467
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5292.1466c


Washington, D.C.—The protein famous for making fat mice thin, in part by signaling their brains that they've eaten enough, also seems to regulate an entirely different kind of appetite: the sex drive. Evidence presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting here indicates that leptin helps regulate sex hormone production. Indeed, it may even be the trigger for the onset of puberty.