Availability: Cryopreserved as heterozygous embryos
Leptin is essential for energy intake and expenditure. It is one of the most important adipose-derived hormones, being primarily expressed in adipocytes of white adipose tissue. Loss of function of Leptin creates an uncontrolled appetite leading to severe obesity and abnormal metabolism, making this a useful model for the study of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The Leptin Knockout Rat - model was originally created at SAGE Labs, Inc. in St. Louis, MO and distributed out of the Boyertown, PA facility. The line continues to be maintained through the original SAGE Labs animal inventory acquired by Envigo.