The separate and combined impact of the intestinal hormones, GIP, GLP-1, and GLP-2, on glucagon secretion in type 2 diabetes

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Asger Lund, Tina Vilsbøll, Jonatan I Bagger, Jens Juul Holst, Filip K Knop

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with reduced suppression of glucagon during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), whereas isoglycemic intravenous glucose infusion (IIGI) results in normal glucagon suppression in these patients. We examined the role of the intestinal hormones glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) in this discrepancy. Glucagon responses were measured during a 3-h 50-g OGTT (day A) and an IIGI (day B) in 10 patients with T2DM [age (mean ± SE), 51 ± 3 yr; body mass index, 33 ± 2 kg/m(2); HbA(1c), 6.5 ± 0.2%]. During four additional IIGIs, GIP (day C), GLP-1 (day D), GLP-2 (day E) and a combination of the three (day F) were infused intravenously. Isoglycemia during all six study days was obtained. As expected, no suppression of glucagon occurred during the initial phase of the OGTT, whereas significantly (P <0.05) lower plasma levels of glucagon during the first 30 min of the IIGI (day B) were observed. The glucagon response during the IIGI + GIP + GLP-1 + GLP-2 infusion (day F) equaled the inappropriate glucagon response to OGTT (P = not significant). The separate GIP infusion (day C) elicited significant hypersecretion of glucagon, whereas GLP-1 infusion (day D) resulted in enhancement of glucagon suppression during IIGI. IIGI + GLP-2 infusion (day E) resulted in a glucagon response in the midrange between the glucagon responses to OGTT and IIGI. Our results indicate that the intestinal hormones, GIP, GLP-1, and GLP-2, may play a role in the inappropriate glucagon response to orally ingested glucose in T2DM with, especially, GIP, acting to increase glucagon secretion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)E1038-E1046
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Blood Glucose, C-Peptide, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Female, Gastric Inhibitory Polypeptide, Glucagon, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Glucagon-Like Peptide 2, Glucose Tolerance Test, Humans, Incretins, Insulin, Insulin-Secreting Cells, Male, Middle Aged, Peptides

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