Leptin receptor

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Available structures
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AliasesLEPR, CD295, LEP-R, LEPRD, OB-R, OBR, leptin receptor
External IDsOMIM: 601007 MGI: 104993 HomoloGene: 1731 GeneCards: LEPR
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 1 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 1 (human)[1]
Chromosome 1 (human)
Genomic location for LEPR
Genomic location for LEPR
Band1p31.3Start65,420,652 bp[1]
End65,641,559 bp[1]
RefSeq (mRNA)


RefSeq (protein)


Location (UCSC)Chr 1: 65.42 – 65.64 MbChr 4: 101.72 – 101.82 Mb
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Leptin receptor, also known as LEP-R or OB-R, is a type I cytokine receptor,[5] a protein that in humans is encoded by the LEPR gene.[6][7] LEP-R functions as a receptor for the fat cell-specific hormone leptin. LEP-R has also been designated as CD295 (cluster of differentiation 295). Its location is the cell membrane, and it has extracellular, trans-membrane and intracellular sections (protein regions).


The Leptin Receptor was discovered in 1995 by Louis Tartaglia and his colleagues at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.[8] This same team demonstrated the leptin leceptor was expressed by the mouse db gene.[9] Furthermore, in 1996, after co-discovering the Leptin gene with Jeffrey Friedman et al. in 1994, (which involved a reverse genetic/positional cloning strategy to clone ob and db), Rudolph Leibel, working with collaborators also at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and colleague Streamson Chua, confirmed cloning of the leptin receptor by demonstrating that an apparent leptin receptor cloned from a choroid plexus library using leptin as ligand, mapped to a physical map that included db and fa.[10][11]


Like other cytokine receptors, Leptin receptor protein has three different regions: i) extracellular, ii) trans-membrane, and iii) intracellular. The extracellular part has 5 functional domains[12]: i) membrane distal 1st cytokine receptor homology (CRH1), ii) Immunoglobulin like (Ig), iii) 2nd cytokine receptor homology (CRH2) and iv) two membrane proximal fibronectine type-III (FNIII) domains. CRH1 domains is not essential for Leptin binding, but may have regulatory roles[12]. Ig domain interacts with Leptin and is essential for conformational change in the receptor upon ligand binding.[12] CRH2 is essential for leptin binding, deletion of this domain abolishes the leptin binding.[12] FNIII domains are essential for receptor activation upon leptin binding.[12] The structure of the quaternary complex of the complete extracellular part in complex with the cognate ligand Leptin (i.e. 2 receptor and 2 ligand) has been solved by both electron microscopy[13] and SAXS.[14]


The leptin hormone regulates adipose-tissue mass through hypothalamus effects on hunger and energy use. It acts through the leptin receptor (LEP-R), a single-transmembrane-domain receptor of the cytokine receptor family.[15] In hypothalamic neurons, adequate leptin receptor function and subsequent regulation of energy metabolism and body weight depends on interactions of the receptor with gangliosides in the cell membrane.[16]

Clinical significance[edit]

Variations in the leptin receptor have been associated with obesity[17][18] and with increased susceptibility to Entamoeba histolytica infections.[19]

Animals models[edit]

The db/db mouse is a model of obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia wherein leptin receptor activity is deficient because the mice are homozygous for a point mutation in the gene for the leptin receptor.[20] In db/db mice, induced swimming helped to overcome obesity by upregulating uncoupling proteins.[21]


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  18. ^ Masuo K, Straznicky NE, Lambert GW, Katsuya T, Sugimoto K, Rakugi H, Socratous F, Hastings J, Lambert EA, Ogihara T, Esler MD (June 2008). "Leptin-receptor polymorphisms relate to obesity through blunted leptin-mediated sympathetic nerve activation in a Caucasian male population". Hypertension Research. 31 (6): 1093–100. doi:10.1291/hypres.31.1093. PMID 18716356.
  19. ^ Duggal P, Guo X, Haque R, Peterson KM, Ricklefs S, Mondal D, Alam F, Noor Z, Verkerke HP, Marie C, Leduc CA, Chua SC, Myers MG, Leibel RL, Houpt E, Gilchrist CA, Sher A, Porcella SF, Petri WA (March 2011). "A mutation in the leptin receptor is associated with Entamoeba histolytica infection in children". The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 121 (3): 1191–8. doi:10.1172/JCI45294. PMC 3049405. PMID 21393862.
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  21. ^ Oh KS, Kim EY, Yoon M, Lee CM (June 2007). "Swim training improves leptin receptor deficiency-induced obesity and lipid disorder by activating uncoupling proteins". Experimental & Molecular Medicine. 39 (3): 385–94. doi:10.1038/emm.2007.43. PMID 17603293.

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