Greek, leptos = thin) a polypeptide hormone produced in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach) that stimulates release of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary. Hormone which probably has a role in regulating appetite and energy balance. (More? Endocrine Other Endocrine Notes | Meier U, Gressner AM. Endocrine regulation of energy metabolism: review of pathobiochemical and clinical chemical aspects of leptin, ghrelin, adiponectin, and resistin. Clin Chem. 2004 Sep;50(9):1511-25.
a hormone produced by stomach cells; "ghrelin is thought to increase feelings of hunger"
A stomach hormone that has significant effects on appetite and energy balance.
a hormone that acts in the stomach to regulate hunger.
Hormone primarily secreted by the stomach that has been implicated in stimulating hunger and fat storage.
Ghrelin is a hormone produced by P/D1 cells lining the fundus of the human stomach that stimulate appetite (http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/full/18/3/439 Bowers, et al). In rodents, X/A-like cells produce ghrelin. Ghrelin levels increase before meals and decrease after meals.