The response of regulatory peptides to moderate hypoglycaemia of short duration in type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus and in normal man

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The changes in plasma gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), arginine vasopressin (AVP), neuropeptide Y (NPY), corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH), galanin, ACTH, cortisol, delta sleep-inducing peptide (DSIP), adrenaline, noradrenaline and pancreatic polypeptide (PP) were measured after 5 and 15 minutes of acute insulin-induced moderate hypoglycaemia (2.0 mmol/l) in 10 patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus with no autonomic neuropathy and in 10 healthy subjects. Plasma catecholamine and PP levels rose in both groups in response to hypoglycemia and the secretory response of ACTH was lower in the diabetic subjects (p < 0.01). GRP concentrations increased during hypoglycaemia (p < 0.01) while a reduction in AVP occurred at the start of hypoglycaemia (p < 0.001). The plasma AVP concentrations were higher in the diabetic group compared with those in the normal group (p < 0.05). The NPY concentrations were higher in the normal subjects (p < 0.05) but no change in the mean level occurred in either group during hypoglycaemia. No group differences or changes in mean plasma concentrations were found for galanin, DSIP and CRH. These observations support the view that regulatory peptides, if involved in glucose homeostasis, may rather have a modulatory effect than a direct action in restoring normoglycaemia.


  • G Tallroth
  • Erik Ryding
  • R Ekman
  • Carl-David Agardh
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  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Neurology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
JournalDiabetes Research (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Unit on Vascular Diabetic Complications (013241510), Clinical Neurophysiology (013013001)