Effects of Leptin on Biliary Lipids: Potential Consequences for Gallstone Formation and Therapy in Obesity

Author(s): Nahum Mendez-Sanchez, Guadalope Ponciano-Rodrigoez, Norberto Chavez-Tapia, Misael Uribe

Journal Name: Current Drug Targets - Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Continued as Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets

Volume 5 , Issue 2 , 2005


Gallstone disease is exceptionally common, occurring especially in Western populations, with cholesterol gallstones predominating. Currently, it is believed that obesity is the most consistent and important risk factor for the development of cholesterol gallstones. Obesity has been shown to be associated with the supersaturation of bile with cholesterol because of increased hepatic secretion of the sterol. In accord with current information from experimental studies, leptin appears to be involved in biliary cholesterol secretion and cholesterol gallstone formation in humans. This review summarizes the current information on the role of obesity in biliary lipid secretion as well as the effect of leptin and its potential consequences for gallstone formation and therapy in the obese.

Keywords: gallstones, leptin, obesity, cholesterol, gallbladder

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Year: 2005
Page: [203 - 208]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1568005310505020203
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