Endogenous glucagon-like peptide-1 slows gastric emptying in healthy subjects, attenuating postprandial glycemia

Adam M. Deane, Nam Q. Nguyen, Julie E. Stevens, Robert J L Fraser, Richard H. Holloway, Laura K. Besanko, Carly M. Burgstad, Karen L. Jones, Marianne J. Chapman, Chris K. Rayner, Michael Horowitz

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Introduction: The role of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the regulation of gastric emptying is uncertain. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of endogenous GLP-1 on gastric emptying, glucose absorption, and glycemia in health. Methods: Ten healthy fasted subjects (eight males, two females; 48±7 yr) received the specific GLP-1 antagonist, exendin(9-39) amide [ex(9-39)NH2] (300 pmol/kg • min iv), or placebo, between -30 and 180 min in a randomized, double-blind, crossover fashion. At 0 min, a mashed potato meal (∼2600 kJ) containing 3 g 3-ortho-methyl-D-glucose (3-OMG) and labeled with 20 MBq 99mTechnetium-sulphur colloid was eaten. Gastric emptying, including the time taken for 50% of the meal to empty from the stomach (T50), blood glucose, plasma 3-OMG, and plasma insulin were measured. Results: Ex(9-39)NH2 accelerated gastricemptying [T50ex(9-39) NH2, 68±8min, vs. placebo, 83±7min; P < 0.001] and increased the overall glycemic response to the meal [area under the curve (0-180 min) ex(9-39)NH2, 1540 ± 106 mmol/liter • min, vs. placebo, 1388 ± 90 mmol/liter • min; P < 0.02]. At 60 min, ex(9-39)NH2 increased the rise in glycemia [ex(9-39)NH 2, 9.9±0.5 mmol/liter, vs. placebo, 8.4±0.5 mmol/ liter; P < 0.01], plasma 3-OMG [ex(9-39)NH2, 0.25 ± 0.01 mmol/liter, vs. placebo, 0.21 ± 0.01 mmol/liter; P<0.05],andplasma insulin [ex(9-39)NH2, 82±13 mU/liter, vs. placebo, 59±9 mU/liter; P < 0.05] concentrations. There was a close within-subject correlation between glycemia and gastric emptying [e.g. at 60 min, the increment in blood glucose and gastric emptying (T50); r = -0.89; P<0.001]. Conclusion: GLP-1 plays a physiological role to slow gastric emptying in health, which impacts on glucose absorption and, hence, postprandial glycemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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