Congenital leptin deficiency due to homozygosity for the Delta133G mutation: report of another case and evaluation of response to four years of leptin therapy

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Oct;89(10):4821-6. doi: 10.1210/jc.2004-0376.


Congenital leptin deficiency is a rare, but treatable, cause of severe early-onset obesity. To date, two United Kingdom families of Pakistani origin carrying a frameshift/premature stop mutation, c.398delG (Delta133G), and one Turkish family carrying a missense mutation, c.313C>T (Arg(105)Trp), have been described. Affected subjects are homozygotes and manifest severe obesity and hyperphagia accompanied by metabolic, neuroendocrine, and immune dysfunction. The effects of recombinant leptin therapy have been reported in three children with the Delta133G mutation, and in all cases this has led to a dramatic resolution of clinical and biochemical abnormalities. We now report a Canadian child, of Pakistani origin but unrelated to the previously reported subjects, presenting with severe hyperphagia and obesity, who was found to be homozygous for the Delta133G mutation. In this child, 4 yr of therapy with sc injections of recombinant leptin provided additional evidence for the sustained beneficial effects of leptin replacement on fat mass, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperlipidemia. In addition, leptin administration corrected abnormal thyroid biochemistry and allowed the withdrawal of T(4) treatment, providing additional support for the role of leptin in the regulation of the human hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Body Composition
  • Body Weight
  • Bone Development
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone / blood
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Hypothyroidism / diagnosis
  • Hypothyroidism / drug therapy
  • Hypothyroidism / genetics
  • Insulin / blood
  • Leptin / administration & dosage*
  • Leptin / deficiency
  • Leptin / genetics*
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Lipids / blood
  • Luteinizing Hormone / blood
  • Obesity / diagnosis
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Obesity / genetics*
  • Point Mutation*


  • Insulin
  • Leptin
  • Lipids
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone