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Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an intestinally derived insulinotropic hormone currently under investigation for use as a novel therapeutic agent in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. One of several important effects of GLP-1 is on nutrient-induced pancreatic hormone release and is mediated by binding to a specific G-protein coupled receptor resulting in the activation of adenylate cyclase and an increase in cAMP generation. In the beta-cell, cAMP binds and modulates activities of both protein kinase A and cAMP-regulated guanine nucleotide exchange factor II, thereby enhancing glucose-dependent insulin secretion. The stimulatory action of GLP-1 on insulin secretion involves interaction with a plethora of signal transduction processes including ion channel activity, intracellular Ca(2+) handling and exocytosis of the insulin-containing granules. In this review we focus principally on recent advances in our understanding on the cellular mechanisms proposed to underlie GLP-1's insulinotropic effect and attempt to incorporate this knowledge into a working model for the control of insulin secretion. Lastly, this review discusses the applicability of GLP-1 as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Original publication




Journal article


Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol

Publication Date





252 - 262


Adenosine Triphosphate, Animals, Calcium, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4, Glucagon, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor, Glucose, Humans, Insulin, Insulin Secretion, Ion Channels, Islets of Langerhans, Peptide Fragments, Protein Precursors, Receptors, Glucagon