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- Barb, C.R.; Hausman, G.J.; Czaja, K.
- Domestic animal endocrinology 2005 v.29 no.1 pp. 186
- swine; leptin; hormonal regulation; animal reproduction; metabolism; body fat; adipose tissue; hypothalamus; pituitary gonadotropins; hormone secretion; nutritional status
- ... The discovery of the obesity gene and its product, leptin, it is now possible to examine the relationship between body fat and the neuroendocrine axis. A minimum percentage of body fat may be linked to onset of puberty and weaning-to-estrus interval in the pig. Adipose tissue is no longer considered as only a depot to store excess energy in the form of fat. Recent findings demonstrate that numerou ...