Glucagonlike peptide-I-(7-36)-amide receptors only in islets of Langerhans. Autoradiographic survey of extracerebral tissues in rats

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We demonstrated specific binding of the insulin-releasing hormone glucagonlike peptide (GLP)-I-(7-36)-amide, an intestinal product of proglucagon, to pancreatic islet cells by autoradiography using 125I-labeled GLP-I-(7-36)-amide incubated with tissue specimens of extracerebral rat organs. We also found binding of 125I-GLP-I to insulin-, glucagon-, and somatostatin-immunoreactive cells by combined autoradiographic and immunohistochemical analysis of pancreatic specimens using antisera against insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin. An accumulation of radioactivity was also observed in the stomach surface epithelium but could not be prevented by excess unlabeled peptide. No binding was found in other tissues investigated, including the lungs and the small intestinal mucosa. Localization of the binding sites identifies the pancreatic islets as the prime target for GLP-I-(7-36)-amide and suggests that it exerts direct effects on islet cells.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1292-6
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1991

    Research areas

  • Animals, Autoradiography, Female, Glucagon, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Glucagon-Like Peptides, Iodine Radioisotopes, Islets of Langerhans, Male, Peptide Fragments, Peptides, Radioligand Assay, Rats, Rats, Inbred Strains, Receptors, Cell Surface, Receptors, Glucagon, Stomach

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