Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

 Circadian aspects of adipokine regulation in rodents
 
Most hormones display daily fluctuations of secretion during the 24-h cycle. This is also the case for adipokines, in particular the anorexigenic hormone, leptin. The temporal organization of the endocrine system is principally controlled by a network of circadian clocks. The circadian network comprises a master circadian clock, located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, synchronized to the ambient light, and secondary circadian clocks found in various peripheral organs, such as the adipose tissues.