Leptin Biology in Adipose Tissue


About this study

Leptin is a fat hormone which acts in maintaining energy balance. However, leptin levels are high in obese subjects indicating resistance to the actions of leptin. High leptin levels have been associated with increased cardiovascular and metabolic risks, but it is not clear if increased leptin or leptin resistance contributes to the increased cardiovascular risk. Further, even though leptin receptors are present in fat tissue, leptin's role in fat tissue functions are not completely investigated in humans. Based on preliminary data the investigators hypothesize that resistance to leptin action in obese adipose tissue is responsible for altering the expression of adipose tissue proteins which contribute to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction. To test this hypothesis the investigators propose a novel study directed at investigating the leptin dependent changes in adipose tissue protein expression using adipose tissue obtained from lean and obese human subjects

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-75 years
  • BMI BMI ≤25 (lean) or >30 kg/m2 (obese)
  • Going to undergo a surgical procedure where omental and subcutaneous adipose tissue may be biopsied. 

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to provide written informed consent.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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