GLP-1 suppresses gastrointestinal motility and inhibits the migrating motor complex in healthy subjects and patients with irritable bowel syndrome

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P M Hellström, E Näslund, T Edholm, P T Schmidt, J Kristensen, E Theodorsson, Jens Juul Holst, S Efendic

Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is released after food intake to act as an incretin. GLP-1 also inhibits gastric emptying and increases satiety. In rats, GLP-1 inhibits small bowel motility. Our aim was to study the effects of GLP-1 on gastrointestinal motility in healthy subjects and patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Antro-duodeno-jejunal manometry was carried out during a 4-h control period with saline, followed by a 4-h period with intravenous GLP-1 (healthy: 0.7 and 1.2 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) (n = 16); IBS, 1.2 and 2.5 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) (n = 14). Plasma was analysed for GLP-1 and gut hormones, and gut tissue expression of GLP-1 receptor was studied. In healthy subjects, GLP-1 0.7 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) reduced the migrating motor complexes (MMCs) from a median of 2 (range 2-3) to 0.5 (0-2), and motility index from 4.9 +/- 0.1 to 4.3 +/- 0.3 ln Sigma(mmHg*s min(-1)) in jejunum, while GLP-1 1.2 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) diminished MMCs from 2 (2-3) to 1.5 (1-2.5), and motility index from 5.2 +/- 0.2 to 4.4 +/- 0.2. In IBS patients, GLP-1 1.2 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) reduced the MMCs from 2.5 (2-3.5) to 1 (0-1.5) without affecting motility index. At 2.5 pmol kg(-1) min(-1) GLP-1 decreased MMCs from 2 (1.5-3) to 1 (0.5-1.5), and motility index from 5.2 +/- 0.2 to 4.0 +/- 0.5. Motility responses to GLP-1 were similar in antrum and duodenum. Presence of the GLP-1 receptor in the gut was verified by reverse transcriptase PCR. In conclusion, the gut peptide GLP-1 decreases motility in the antro-duodeno-jejunal region and inhibits the MMC in healthy subjects and IBS patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurogastroenterology and Motility Online
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)649-59
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

    Research areas

  • Adolescent, Adult, Duodenum, Female, Gastrointestinal Motility, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Humans, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jejunum, Male, Middle Aged, Myoelectric Complex, Migrating, Pyloric Antrum

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