Secretion uncouples glucose inhibition of glucagon-producing cells resulting in a simultaneous stimulation of both glucagon and insulin release

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The effect of secretin on glucagon and insulin release and its interaction with glucose has been studied in cultured mouse pancreatic islets by column perifusion. Glucose alone showed the well-known stimulation of insulin release and inhibition of glucagon release. Addition of 10 mM secretin increased glucagon secretion at 3 mM d-glucose by 300% while no change in insulin release could be seen at this low glucose concentration. At maximal stimulation of insulin release by 20 mM d-glucose addition of 10 nM secretin increased insulin release by 30%. Despite this insulin concentration and the high glucose concentration an increase in glucagon secretion of 1800% was found. These effects of secretin were dose-dependent at 10 mM d-glucose with 1 nM secretin being the lowest effective dose.


External organisations
  • Hagedorn Research Institute
  • University of Washington
Research areas and keywords


  • Mouse, Pancreatic hormone, Pancreatic islet
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-322
JournalRegulatory Peptides
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes