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Friederike Remm, Nicolle Kränkel, Daniela Lener, Daniel J Drucker, Sieghart Sopper, Christoph Brenner
Introduction: DPP4 inhibitors (gliptins) are commonly used antidiabetic drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Gliptins also act in a glucose-independent manner and show vasoregenerative effects. We have shown that gliptins can remarkably accelerate vascular healing after vascular injury. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we examined potential signaling pathways linking gliptins to enhanced endothelial regeneration. Methods and Results: We used wild-type and GLP1 receptor knockout ( Glp1r -/- ) mice to investigate the underlying mechanisms of gliptin-induced reendothelialization...
2018: Stem Cells International
David M Irwin, Svetlana Mojsov
The teleost fish-specific genome duplication gave rise to a great number of species inhabiting diverse environments with different access to nutrients and life histories. This event produced duplicated gcg genes, gcga and gcgb, for proglucagon-derived peptides, glucagon and GLP-1 and duplicated gcgr receptor genes, gcgra and gcgrb, which play key roles connecting the consumption of nutrients with glucose metabolism. We conducted a systematic survey of the genomes from 28 species of fish (24 bony (Superclass Osteichthyes), 1 lobe-finned (Class Sarcoperygii), 1 cartilaginous (Superclass Chondrichthyes), and 2 jawless (Superclass Agnatha)) and find that almost all surveyed ray-finned fish contain gcga and gcgb genes with different coding potential and duplicated gcgr genes, gcgra and gcgrb that form two separate clades in the phylogenetic tree consistent with the accepted species phylogeny...
March 3, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Vineet Augustine, Sertan Kutal Gokce, Sangjun Lee, Bo Wang, Thomas J Davidson, Frank Reimann, Fiona Gribble, Karl Deisseroth, Carlos Lois, Yuki Oka
Neural circuits for appetites are regulated by both homeostatic perturbations and ingestive behaviour. However, the circuit organization that integrates these internal and external stimuli is unclear. Here we show in mice that excitatory neural populations in the lamina terminalis form a hierarchical circuit architecture to regulate thirst. Among them, nitric oxide synthase-expressing neurons in the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO) are essential for the integration of signals from the thirst-driving neurons of the subfornical organ (SFO)...
February 28, 2018: Nature
V Chedid, P Vijayvargiya, P Carlson, K Van Malderen, A Acosta, A Zinsmeister, M Camilleri
BACKGROUND: Weight loss in response to the long-acting GLP-1 receptor (GLP1R) analog, liraglutide, is correlated with delay in gastric-emptying (GE). The aim of this pilot study was to assess whether specific genetic variants in GLP1R or TCF7L2 are associated with delayed GE and weight loss in obese patients treated with liraglutide or the short-acting GLP-1 agonist, exenatide. METHODS: We evaluated in obese individuals the associations of genetic variations of GLP1R (rs6923761) and TCF7L2 (rs7903146) on GE T1/2 and weight from two trials that evaluated separately exenatide, 5 μg BID for 30 days, or liraglutide, 3 mg daily for 5 weeks...
February 28, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Laurie L Baggio, Bernardo Yusta, Erin E Mulvihill, Xiemin Cao, Catherine J Streutker, Jagdish Butany, Thomas P Cappola, Kenneth B Margulies, Daniel J Drucker
Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists, used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity, reduce rates of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death. The GLP-1R has been localized to the human sinoatrial node; however, its expression in ventricular tissue remains uncertain. Here we studied GLP-1R expression in the human heart using GLP-1R-directed antisera, quantitative PCR, reverse transcription PCR to detect full length mRNA transcripts, and in situ hybridization. GLP1R mRNA transcripts, encompassing the entire open reading frame, were detected in all four cardiac chambers from 15 hearts at levels approximating those detected in human pancreas...
February 12, 2018: Endocrinology
Erin E Mulvihill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The intestine is highly efficient at absorbing and packaging dietary lipids onto the structural protein apoB48 for distribution throughout the body. Here, we summarize recent advances into understanding the physiological and pharmacological actions of the proglucagon-derived peptides: glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucagon like peptide 2 (GLP-2) on intestinal lipoprotein secretion. RECENT FINDINGS: Several recent studies have elucidated mechanisms underlying the paradoxical effects of GLP-1 and GLP-2 on intestinal production of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRLs)...
February 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Min Chen, Jiayan Wang, Yingjun Luo, Kailing Huang, Xiaoshun Shi, Yanhui Liu, Jin Li, Zhengfei Lai, Shuya Xue, Haimei Gao, Allen Chen, Dunjin Chen
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have previously been emerged as key players in a series of biological processes. Dysregulation of lncRNA is correlated to human diseases including neurological disorders. Here, we developed a multi-step bioinformatics analysis to study the functions of a particular Down syndrome-associated gene DSCR9 including the lncRNAs. The method is named correlation-interaction-network (COIN), based on which a pipeline is implemented. Co-expression gene network analysis and biological network analysis results are presented...
January 19, 2018: Human Genomics
Azita Monazzam, Joey Lau, Irina Velikyan, Su-Chen Li, Masoud Razmara, Ulrika Rosenström, Olof Eriksson, Britt Skogseid
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is an endocrine tumor syndrome caused by heterozygous mutations in the MEN1 tumor suppressor gene. The MEN1 pancreas of the adolescent gene carrier frequently contain diffusely spread pre-neoplasias and microadenomas, progressing to macroscopic and potentially malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (P-NET), which represents the major death cause in MEN1. The unveiling of the molecular mechanism of P-NET which is not currently understood fully to allow the optimization of diagnostics and treatment...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anna Demartis, Armin Lahm, Licia Tomei, Elisa Beghetto, Valentina Di Biasio, Federica Orvieto, Francesco Frattolillo, Paul E Carrington, Sheena Mumick, Brian Hawes, Elisabetta Bianchi, Anandan Palani, Antonello Pessi
A promising emerging area for the treatment of obesity and diabetes is combinatorial hormone therapy, where single-molecule peptides are rationally designed to integrate the complementary actions of multiple endogenous metabolically-related hormones. We describe here a proof-of-concept study on developing unimolecular polypharmacy agents through the use of selection methods based on phage-displayed peptide libraries (PDL). Co-agonists of the glucagon (GCG) and GLP-1 receptors were identified from a PDL sequentially selected on GCGR- and GLP1R-overexpressing cells...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Markus Boehm, Matthew Crawford, Jamie E Moscovitz, Philip A Carpino
Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of plasma glucose. When untreated, diabetes increases the risk of developing co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease. Several drugs, often used as part of combination therapies, have been approved to treat the disease, but these drugs will eventually fail to effectively control blood glucose levels, at which point insulin replacement therapy is required. A medical need exists for new antidiabetic drugs that exhibit good efficacy with improved safety/toleration profiles and can be added on top of existing therapies, or that can provide additional benefits beyond glucose lowering such as pancreatic beta (β)-cell protection...
February 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Emma K Biggs, Lihuan Liang, Jacqueline Naylor, Shimona Madalli, Rachel Collier, Matthew P Coghlan, David J Baker, David C Hornigold, Peter Ravn, Frank Reimann, Fiona M Gribble
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) enhances glucose-dependent insulin secretion by binding to GLP-1 receptors (GLP1Rs) on pancreatic beta cells. GLP-1 mimetics are used in the clinic for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but despite their therapeutic success, several clinical effects of GLP-1 remain unexplained at a mechanistic level, particularly in extrapancreatic tissues. The aim of this study was to generate and characterise a monoclonal antagonistic antibody for the GLP1R for use in vivo...
November 9, 2017: Diabetologia
Eric P Smith, Georgina Polanco, Abid Yaqub, Marzieh Salehi
Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for obesity. The two widely performed weight-loss procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (GB) and sleeve gastrectomy (SG), alter postprandial glucose pattern and enhance gut hormone secretion immediately after surgery before significant weight loss. This weight-loss independent glycemic effects of GB has been attributed to an accelerated nutrient transit from stomach pouch to the gut and enhanced secretion of insulinotropic gut factors; in particular, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)...
November 4, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Laurie L Baggio, John R Ussher, Brent A McLean, Xiemin Cao, M Golam Kabir, Erin E Mulvihill, Alexandra S Mighiu, Hangjun Zhang, Andreas Ludwig, Randy J Seeley, Scott P Heximer, Daniel J Drucker
OBJECTIVES: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is secreted from enteroendocrine cells and exerts a broad number of metabolic actions through activation of a single GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R). The cardiovascular actions of GLP-1 have garnered increasing attention as GLP-1R agonists are used to treat human subjects with diabetes and obesity that may be at increased risk for development of heart disease. Here we studied mechanisms linking GLP-1R activation to control of heart rate (HR) in mice...
November 2017: Molecular Metabolism
SeongHo Jo, Junqin Chen, Guanlan Xu, Truman B Grayson, Lance A Thielen, Anath Shalev
Glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor (GLP1R) agonists are widely used to treat diabetes. However, their function is dependent on adequate GLP1R expression, which is downregulated in diabetes. GLP1R is highly expressed on pancreatic beta cells and activation by endogenous incretin or GLP1R agonists increases cAMP generation, which stimulates glucose-induced beta cell insulin secretion and helps maintain glucose homeostasis. We now have discovered that the highly beta cell-enriched microRNA, miR-204, directly targets the 3'UTR of GLP1R and thereby downregulates its expression in the beta-cell-derived rat INS-1 cell line and primary mouse and human islets...
November 3, 2017: Diabetes
Vijay R More, Julie Lao, David G McLaren, Anne-Marie Cumiskey, Beth Ann Murphy, Ying Chen, Stephen Previs, Steven Stout, Rajesh Patel, Santhosh Satapati, Wenyu Li, Edward Kowalik, Daphne Szeto, Andrea Nawrocki, Alessandro Pocai, Liangsu Wang, Paul Carrington
Lipid lowering properties of glucagon have been reported. Blocking glucagon signaling leads to rise in plasma LDL levels. Here, we demonstrate the lipid lowering effects of acute dosing with Glp1r/Gcgr dual agonist (DualAG). All the experiments were performed in 25 week-old male diet-induced (60% kCal fat) obese mice. After 2 hrs of fasting, mice were injected subcutaneously with vehicle, liraglutide (25nmol/kg) and DualAG (25nmol/kg). De novo cholesterol and palmitate synthesis was measured by deuterium incorporation method using D2O...
2017: PloS One
João C R Cardoso, Rute C Félix, Carina Costa, Pedro F S Palma, Adelino V M Canário, Deborah M Power
In fishes, including the jawless lampreys, the most ancient lineage of extant vertebrates, plasma glucose levels are highly variable and regulation is more relaxed than in mammals. The regulation of glucose and lipid in fishes in common with mammals involves members of the glucagon (GCG)-like family of gastrointestinal peptides. In mammals, four peptides GCG, glucagon-like peptide 1 and 2 (GLP1 and GLP2) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) that activate four specific receptors exist. However, in lamprey and other fishes the glucagon-like family evolved differently and they retained additional gene family members (glucagon-related peptide, gcrp and its receptor, gcrpr) that are absent from mammals...
October 19, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Sibylle Sabrautzki, Gabriele Kaiser, Gerhard K H Przemeck, Felicia Gerst, Estela Lorza-Gil, Madhura Panse, Tina Sartorius, Miriam Hoene, Susan Marschall, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Susanne Ullrich
OBJECTIVE: The fatty acid receptor 1 (FFAR1/GPR40) mediates fatty acid-dependent augmentation of glucose-induced insulin secretion (GIIS) in pancreatic β-cells. Genetically engineered Ffar1-knockout/congenic mice univocally displayed impaired fatty acid-mediated insulin secretion, but in vivo experiments delivered controversial results regarding the function of FFAR1 in glucose homeostasis and liver steatosis. This study presents a new coisogenic mouse model carrying a point mutation in Ffar1 with functional consequence...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
Berthold Hocher, Oleg Tsuprykov
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December 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
Anna Leonardini, Rossella D'Oria, Maria Angela Incalza, Cristina Caccioppoli, Valentina Andrulli Buccheri, Angelo Cignarelli, Domenico Paparella, Vito Margari, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Luigi Laviola
Context: Increased apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) in response to saturated fatty acids (SFAs) can lead to myocardial damage and dysfunction. Ceramides mediate lipotoxicity-induced apoptosis. Glucagonlike peptide-1 receptor (GLP1R) agonists exert beneficial effects on cardiac cells in experimental models. Objective: To investigate the protective effects of GLP1R activation on SFA-mediated apoptotic death of human CPCs. Design: Human CPCs were isolated from cardiac appendages of nondiabetic donors and then exposed to palmitate with or without pretreatment with the GLP1R agonist exendin-4...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Melissa A Burmeister, Jacob D Brown, Jennifer E Ayala, Doris A Stoffers, Darleen A Sandoval, Randy J Seeley, Julio E Ayala
Pharmacological activation of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) in the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) reduces food intake. Here, we assessed whether suppression of food intake by GLP-1R agonists (GLP-1RA) in this region is dependent on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). We found that pharmacological inhibition of glycolysis, and thus activation of AMPK, in the VMH attenuates the anorectic effect of the GLP-1R agonist exendin-4 (Ex4), indicating that glucose metabolism and inhibition of AMPK are both required for this effect...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
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