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Martin Larsson, Grazyna Lietzau, David Nathanson, Claes-Göran Östenson, Carina Mallard, Maria E Johansson, Thomas Nyström, Cesare Patrone, Vladimer Darsalia
Type 2 diabetic (T2D) patients often develop early cognitive and sensorimotor impairments. The pathophysiological mechanisms behind these problems are largely unknown. Recent studies demonstrate that dysfunctional γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABAergic) neurons are involved in age-related cognitive decline. We hypothesized that similar, but earlier dysfunction is taking place under T2D in the neocortex and striatum (two brain areas important for cognition and sensorimotor functions). We also hypothesized that the T2D-induced effects are pharmacologically reversible by anti-diabetic drugs targeting the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R)...
October 25, 2016: Bioscience Reports
Zhu Zeng, Rui Yu, Fanglei Zuo, Bo Zhang, Deju Peng, Huiqin Ma, Shangwu Chen
Exendin-4, a glucagon-like protein-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, is an excellent therapeutic peptide drug for type 2 diabetes due to longer lasting biological activity compared to GLP-1. This study explored the feasibility of using probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei as an oral vector for recombinant exendin-4 peptide delivery, an alternative to costly chemical synthesis and inconvenient administration by injection. L. paracasei transformed with a plasmid encoding the exendin-4 gene (L. paracasei L14/pMG76e-exendin-4) with a constitutive promotor was successfully constructed and showed efficient secretion of exendin-4...
2016: PloS One
Mohammad Massumi, Farzaneh Pourasgari, Amarnadh Nalla, Battsetseg Batchuluun, Kristina Nagy, Eric Neely, Rida Gull, Andras Nagy, Michael B Wheeler
The ability to yield glucose-responsive pancreatic beta-cells from human pluripotent stem cells in vitro will facilitate the development of the cell replacement therapies for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes. Here, through the sequential in vitro targeting of selected signaling pathways, we have developed an abbreviated five-stage protocol (25-30 days) to generate human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Beta-like Cells (ES-DBCs). We showed that Geltrex, as an extracellular matrix, could support the generation of ES-DBCs more efficiently than that of the previously described culture systems...
2016: PloS One
Yan Liu, Ying Wang, Yong Zhang, Tao Liu, Haiqun Jia, Huafei Zou, Qiangwei Fu, Yuhan Zhang, Lucy Lu, Elizabeth Chao, Holly Parker, Van Nguyen-Tran, Weijun Shen, Danling Wang, Peter G Schultz, Feng Wang
Recent studies have suggested that modulation of two or more signaling pathways can achieve substantial weight loss and glycemic stability. We have developed an approach to the generation of bifunctional antibody agonists that activate leptin receptor and GLP-1 receptor. Leptin was fused into the complementarity determining region 3 loop of the light chain alone, or in combination with exendin-4 (EX4) fused at the N-terminus of the heavy chain of Herceptin. The antibody fusions exhibit similar or increased in vitro activities on their cognate receptors, but 50-100-fold longer circulating half-lives in rodents compared to the corresponding native peptides/proteins...
October 5, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Marina Basalay, Svetlana Mastitskaya, Aleksander Mrochek, Gareth L Ackland, Ana Gutierrez Del Arroyo, Jenifer Sanchez, Per-Ove Sjoquist, John Pernow, Alexander V Gourine, Andrey Gourine
AIMS: Although the nature of the humoral factor which mediates cardioprotection established by remote ischaemic conditioning (RIc) remains unknown, parasympathetic (vagal) mechanisms appear to play a critical role. As the production and release of many gut hormones is modulated by the vagus nerve, here we tested the hypothesis that RIc cardioprotection is mediated by the actions of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). METHODS AND RESULTS: A rat model of myocardial infarction (coronary artery occlusion followed by reperfusion) was used...
October 4, 2016: Cardiovascular Research
Zengbing Lu, Chi-Kong Yeung, Ge Lin, David T W Yew, P L R Andrews, John A Rudd
BACKGROUND: GLP-1 receptor agonists are utilised for the treatment of Type-2 diabetes but can be associated with undesirable effects of nausea and vomiting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of GLP-1 receptors in mechanisms of emesis, behaviours indicative of nausea (BIN) and food intake in the ferret. RESULTS: Exendin-4 (10 and 30nmol, i.c.v.) induced emesis, inhibited food intake, and increased the frequency of BIN. Increases in c-Fos in the brainstem, midbrain and forebrain occurred in animals exhibiting emesis; no activation of the brainstem occurred in animals not vomiting...
September 14, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Ioannis Christakis, Rebecca Scott, James Minnion, Joyceline Cuenco, Tricia Tan, Fausto Palazzo, Stephen Bloom
PURPOSE/AIM OF THE STUDY: The pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters in animal models can help optimize novel candidate drugs prior to human trials. However, due to the complexity of pharmacokinetic experiments, their use is limited in academia. We present a novel surgical rat model for investigation of pharmacokinetic parameters and its use in an anti-obesity drug development program. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The model uses anesthetized male Wistar rats, a jugular, a femoral catheter, and an insulin pump for peptide infusion...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Imre Farkas, Csaba Vastagh, Erzsébet Farkas, Flóra Bálint, Katalin Skrapits, Erik Hrabovszky, Csaba Fekete, Zsolt Liposits
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a metabolic signal molecule, regulates reproduction, although, the involved molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated, yet. Therefore, responsiveness of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons to the GLP-1 analog Exendin-4 and elucidation of molecular pathways acting downstream to the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) have been challenged. Loose patch-clamp recordings revealed that Exendin-4 (100 nM-5 μM) elevated firing rate in hypothalamic GnRH-GFP neurons of male mice via activation of GLP-1R...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Chen Qiu, Yan-Ping Wang, Xiao-Dong Pan, Xiao-Ying Liu, Zhou Chen, Li-Bin Liu
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Most recently, GLP-1 analogs have been shown to have a significant neuroprotective role in several neurodegenerative diseases. However, few are known on its potential mechanism. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we report the effect of exendin-4 (Ex-4), a GLP-1 receptor agonist, on amyloid-β(1-42) peptide oligomer-induced apoptosis in a PC12 neuronal cell model. METHODS: MTT, DAPI and Annexin-V/PI assays revealed that the viability of PC12 cells decreased in a dose- and time-dependent manner after exposure to amyloid-β(1-42) oligomers...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Harilal Patel, Poonam Giri, Nuggehally R Srinivas
Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats represent a unique non-obese and lean model with manifestation of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) broadly mimicking the human T2DM development. Therefore, in addition to the use of GK rats to test the efficacy of drugs, it may represent a great tool to study the influence of altered physiological process and/or organ specific pathophysiological changes (i.e., liver, kidney, etc.) on the disposition of drugs. The objectives of the review were: (a) to compile the published pharmacokinetic data of several drugs, such as cephalexin, cyclosporine, exendin-4, gliclazide, grepafloxacin, rosuvastatin, salsalate, salicylic acid, and theophylline, in GK rats relative to normal rats; and (b) critically evaluate the possible role of physiologically altered processes on the pharmacokinetics of reviewed drugs...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Anneli Rydén, Görel Nyman, Lovisa Nalin, Susanne Andreasson, Olle Korsgren, Olof Eriksson, Marianne Jensen-Waern
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September 7, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Gunnar Sørensen, S Barak Caine, Morgane Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists have been shown to decrease ethanol (EtOH) drinking in rodent assays. The GLP-1 system also powerfully modulates food and fluid intake, gastrointestinal functions, and metabolism. To begin to understand the neurobiological mechanisms by which GLP-1 receptor ligands may be able to control EtOH intake, it is important to ascertain whether they can modulate the direct reinforcing effects of EtOH, without the confound of effects on ingestive behaviors generally...
October 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Xiaosi Hong, Heng Zhang, Hongbin Liang, Danjie Li, Jiana Huang, Zhi Li, Sibo Jiang, Weizhen Zhang, Geyang Xu
Exendin-4 (EX-4), a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist, regulates feeding behavior through its ability to inhibit gastric emptying. Ghrelin, a gastric hormone, provides a hunger signal to the central nervous system to stimulate appetite. Here, we report that EX-4 suppresses ghrelin production through the mTORC1-dependent mechanism. Central administration of EX-4 reduces gastric, hypothalamic and plasma ghrelin in both C57BL/6J mice and diet induced obese mice. These changes were associated with a significant increase in mTORC1 activity...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Fangzhe Chen, Weifeng Wang, Hongyan Ding, Qi Yang, Qiang Dong, Mei Cui
BACKGROUND: As the number of patients with cardioembolic ischemic stroke is predicted to be double by 2030, increased burden of warfarin-associated hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after cerebral ischemia is an expected consequence. However, thus far, no effective treatment strategy is available for HT prevention in routine clinical practice. While the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist exendin-4 (Ex-4) is known to protect against oxidative stress and neuronal cell death caused by ischemic brain damage, its effect on preventing warfarin-associated HT after cerebral ischemia is yet unknown...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Azazul Islam Chowdhury, Peter Bergsten
Elevated circulating palmitate levels have been connected with type 2 diabetes mellitus. GLP-1 has favorable effects on beta-cells function. The aim was to identify mechanisms for decreased GSIS after long-term palmitate exposure and restoration by GLP-1 by analyzing changes in G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) pathway signaling. Insulin secretory response to 20 mM glucose was attenuated after 7 days in islets exposed to palmitate but inclusion of exendin-4 restored secretion. Palmitate treatment altered genes of several GPCR signaling pathways including inflammatory pathways with up-regulated IL-1B, SOCS1 and SOCS2 transcript levels...
August 23, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Anna Sowa-Staszczak, Małgorzata Trofimiuk-Müldner, Agnieszka Stefańska, Monika Tomaszuk, Monika Buziak-Bereza, Aleksandra Gilis-Januszewska, Agata Jabrocka-Hybel, Bogusław Głowa, Maciej Małecki, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Grzegorz Kamiński, Aldona Kowalska, Renata Mikołajczak, Barbara Janota, Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the utility of [Lys40(Ahx-HYNIC-99mTc/EDDA)NH2]-exendin-4 scintigraphy in the management of patients with hypoglycemia, particularly in the detection of occult insulinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty patients with hypoglycemia and increased/confusing results of serum insulin and C-peptide concentration and negative/inconclusive results of other imaging examinations were enrolled in the study. In all patients GLP-1 receptor imaging was performed to localise potential pancreatic lesions...
2016: PloS One
Dina H Kassem, Mohamed M Kamal, Abd El-Latif G El-Kholy, Hala O El-Mesallamy
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is a devastating metabolic disease. Generation of insulin-producing cells (IPCs) from stem cells, especially from Wharton's jelly mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSCs), has sparked much interest recently. Exendin-4 has several beneficial effects on MSCs and β cells. However, its effects on generation of IPCs from WJ-MSCs specifically have not been studied adequately. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate how exendin-4 could affect the differentiation outcome of WJ-MSCs into IPCs, and to investigate the role played by exendin-4 in this differentiation process...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Ides M Colin, Henri Colin, Ines Dufour, Charles-Edouard Gielen, Marie-Christine Many, Jean Saey, Bernard Knoops, Anne-Catherine Gérard
Incretin-based therapies are widely used to treat type 2 diabetes. Although hypoglycemic actions of incretins are mostly due to their insulinotropic/glucagonostatic effects, they may also influence extrapancreatic metabolism. We administered exendin-4 (Ex-4), a long-acting glucagon-like peptide receptor agonist, at low dose (0.1 nmol/kg/day) for a short period (10 days), in obese nondiabetic fa/fa Zucker rats (ZFRs). Ex-4-treated ZFRs were compared to vehicle (saline)-treated ZFRs and vehicle- and Ex-4-treated lean rats (LRs)...
August 2016: Physiological Reports
Wenjing He, Shuang Yu, Liantang Wang, Mian He, Xiaopei Cao, Yanbing Li, Haipeng Xiao
Glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 promotes proliferation and survival in β-cell; however, whether GLP-1 receptor agonists promote growth of human ovarian cancer cells remain unknown. We aimed to explore the effects of GLP-1 agents on ovarian cancer cells. GLP-1 receptor expression in human ovarian cancer tissues was detected by immunohistochemical analysis. The effects of exendin-4, a GLP-1R agonist, were investigated on proliferation, migration and invasion, apoptosis in vitro and tumor formation in nude mice of ovarian cancer cells...
November 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Qing Zhao, Wanghui Xu, Lei Xing, Zhanglin Lin
BACKGROUND: Peptides have recently become attractive for therapeutic applications. However, efficient production of medium- to large-sized peptides (30-100 amino acids [aa]) remains challenging both by recombinant and chemical synthesis. We previously reported the formation of active enzyme aggregates in Escherichia coli cells induced by the short β-structured peptide ELK16 (LELELKLKLELELKLK) and developed a streamlined protein expression and purification approach. In this approach, a cleavable self-aggregating tag (cSAT) consisting of an intein molecule and ELK16 was used to release the recombinant peptides with reasonable purity from active aggregates...
2016: Microbial Cell Factories
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