GLP-1 regulates gastroduodenal motility involving cholinergic pathways

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The gut-born incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) delays gastric emptying. To elucidate the mechanisms by which GLP-1 affects gastroduodenal motility and glycaemia, we studied the effects of exendin(9-39), a potent GLP-1 receptor antagonist, on gastroduodenal motility and pancreatic hormones. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, four-arm, cross-over trial, 10 healthy volunteers were studied during the interdigestive period followed by duodenal perfusion of a mixed liquid meal (250 kcal). On four separate days, exendin(9-39), atropine, exendin(9-39) + atropine or saline were infused intravenously. Antro-pyloro-duodenal and fundic motility were assessed. The compliance of the proximal stomach was determined by isobaric distensions. During fasting, exendin(9-39) did not influence proximal gastric volume, pyloric tone, and duodenal contractility. Exendin(9-39) significantly increased antral waves only in the absence of atropine. During duodenal meal perfusion, exendin(9-39) significantly reduced proximal gastric volume accommodation, abbreviated postprandial antral inhibition, reduced the postprandial increase in pyloric tone, and reduced gastric compliance. Atropine abolished the effects of exendin(9-39) on gastric volume accommodation but did not affect its effects on postprandial antroduodenal motility and on gastric compliance. Exendin(9-39) increased fasting and postprandial glycaemia and plasma glucagon but not insulin concentrations. Atropine did not affect GLP-1 secretion. Cholinergic mechanisms mediate the effects of GLP-1 on postprandial gastric accommodation but not on antro-pyloro-duodenal motility. GLP-1 reduces fasting and postprandial glycaemia, in part by reducing glucagon secretion.

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