A superactive leptin antagonist alters metabolism and locomotion in high-leptin mice

Nava Chapnik, Gili Solomon, Yoni Genzer, Ruth Miskin, Arieh Gertler, Oren Froy*

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Transgenic alpha murine urokinase-type plasminogen activator (aMUPA) mice are resistant to obesity and their locomotor activity is altered. As these mice have high leptin levels, our objective was to test whether leptin is responsible for these characteristics. αMUPA, their genetic background control (FVB/N), and C57BL mice were injected s.c. every other day with 20 mg/kg pegylated superactive mouse leptin antagonist (PEG-SMLA) for 6 weeks.We tested the effect of PEG-SMLA on body weight, locomotion, and bone health. The antagonist led to a rapid increase in body weight and subsequent insulin resistance in all treated mice. Food intake of PEG-SMLA-injected animals increased during the initial period of the experiment but then declined to a similar level to that of the control animals. Interestingly, aMUPA mice were found to have reduced bone volume (BV) than FVB/N mice, although PEG-SMLA increased bone mass in both strains. In addition, PEG-SMLA led to disrupted locomotor activity and increased corticosterone levels in C57BL but decreased levels in aMUPA or FVB/N mice. These results suggest that leptin is responsible for the lean phenotype and reduced BV in aMUPA mice; leptin affects corticosterone levels in mice in a strain-specific manner; and leptin alters locomotor activity, a behavior determined by the central circadian clock.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)283-290
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Endocrinology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


  • Antagonist
  • Bone
  • Leptin
  • Locomotor
  • Obesity
  • αMUPA


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