Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) suppresses ghrelin levels in humans via increased insulin secretion.
ABSTRACT Ghrelin is an orexigenic peptide predominantly secreted by the stomach. Ghrelin plasma levels rise before meal ingestion and sharply decline afterwards, but the mechanisms controlling ghrelin secretion are largely unknown. Since meal ingestion also elicits the secretion of the incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), we examined whether exogenous GLP-1 administration reduces ghrelin secretion in humans.
14 healthy male volunteers were given intravenous infusions of GLP-1(1.2 pmol x kg(-1) min(-1)) or placebo over 390 min. After 30 min, a solid test meal was served. Venous blood was drawn frequently for the determination of glucose, insulin, C-peptide, GLP-1 and ghrelin.
During the infusion of exogenous GLP-1 and placebo, GLP-1 plasma concentrations reached steady-state levels of 139+/-15 pmol/l and 12+/-2 pmol/l, respectively (p<0.0001). During placebo infusion, ghrelin levels were significantly reduced in the immediate postprandial period (p<0.001), and rose again afterwards. GLP-1 administration prevented the initial postprandial decline in ghrelin levels, possibly as a result of delayed gastric emptying, and significantly reduced ghrelin levels 150 and 360 min after meal ingestion (p<0.05). The patterns of ghrelin concentrations in the experiments with GLP-1 and placebo administration were inversely related to the respective plasma levels of insulin and C-peptide.
GLP-1 reduces the rise in ghrelin levels in the late postprandial period at supraphysiological plasma levels. Most likely, these effects are indirectly mediated through its insulinotropic action. The GLP-1-induced suppression of ghrelin secretion might be involved in its anorexic effects.
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ABSTRACT: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery reverses diabetes (T2DM) in ~80% of patients. Ghrelin regulates glucose homeostasis, but its role in T2DM remission after RYGB surgery is unclear. Nine obese T2DM subjects underwent a mixed meal tolerance test before and at 1 and 12 months after RYGB. Changes in ghrelin, body weight, GLP-1, glucose tolerance, and insulin sensitivity were measured. At 1 month, body weight, glycemia and insulin sensitivity were improved, while ghrelin concentrations were reduced (p<0.05). After 12 months, body weight and fasting glucose were reduced (30% and 16% respectively; p<0.05) and insulin sensitivity was enhanced (3-fold; p<0.05). Ghrelin suppression improved by 32% at 12 months (p<0.05), and this was associated with weight loss (R = 0.72, p=0.03), enhanced insulin sensitivity (R = -0.78, p=0.01) and peak post-prandial GLP-1 (R = -0.73, p=0.03). These data suggest that post-prandial ghrelin suppression may be part of the mechanism that contributes to diabetes remission after RYGB surgery.Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 05/2013; · 5.18 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: As a regulator of food intake and energy metabolism, the role of ghrelin in glucose metabolism is still not fully understood. In this study, we determined the in vivo effect of ghrelin on incretin effect. We demonstrated that ghrelin inhibited the glucose-stimulated release of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) when infused into the portal vein of Wistar rat. Hepatic vagotomy diminished the inhibitory effect of ghrelin on glucose-stimulated GLP-1 secretion. In addition, phentolamine, a nonselective α receptor antagonist, could recover the decrease of GLP-1 release induced by ghrelin infusion. Pralmorelin (an artificial growth hormone release peptide) infusion into the portal vein could also inhibit the glucose-stimulated release of GLP-1. And growth hormone secretagogue receptor antagonist, [D-lys3]-GHRP-6, infusion showed comparable increases of glucose stimulated GLP-1 release compared to ghrelin infusion into the portal vein. The data showed that intraportal infusion of ghrelin exerted an inhibitory effect on GLP-1 secretion through growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1α (GHS1α receptor), which indicated that the downregulation of ghrelin secretion after food intake was necessary for incretin effect. Furthermore, our results suggested that the enteric neural net involved hepatic vagal nerve and sympathetic nerve mediated inhibition effect of ghrelin on incretin effect.BioMed Research International 01/2014; 2014:923564. · 2.71 Impact Factor