The Sensory Mechanisms of Nutrient-Induced GLP-1 Secretion

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The enteroendocrine system of the gut regulates energy homeostasis through the release of hormones. Of the gut-derived hormones, GLP-1 is particularly interesting, as analogs of the hormone have proven to be highly effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity. Observations on increased levels of GLP-1 following gastric bypass surgery have enhanced the interest in endogenous hormone secretion and highlighted the potential of endogenous secretion in therapy. The macronutrients and their digestive products stimulate the secretion of GLP-1 through various mechanisms that we have only begun to understand. From findings obtained from different experimental models, we now have strong indications for a role for both Sodium-Glucose Transporter 1 (SGLT1) and the K+ATP channel in carbohydrate-induced GLP-1 secretion. For fat, the free fatty acid receptor FFA1 and the G-protein-coupled receptor GPR119 have been linked to GLP-1 secretion. For proteins, Peptide Transporter 1 (Pept1) and the Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR) are thought to mediate the secretion. However, attempts at clinical application of these mechanisms have been unsuccessful, and more work is needed before we fully understand the mechanisms of nutrient-induced GLP-1 secretion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number420
Issue number5
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • enteroendocrine system, gastric bypass, GLP-1, glucose homeostasis, incretins, L-cells, nutrient sensors, T2DM

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