unOC linked to Diabetes relief

GLP-1 effects on different human organs.
Photo credits: Daniel J. Drucker (author of the paper of
DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2006.01.004)

Researchers have perhaps found another means by which to manage type 2 diabetes. A group from 九州大学 (Kyushu  University) has shown that addition of uncarboxylated osteocalcin (unOC) stimulates glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) release and insulin secretion in mice.

GLP-1 is normally released in released into the blood in response to eating, so that insulin can be released and digested glucose can be taken into cells. In those with type-II diabetes, the insulin release pathway is impaired in some way, so insufficient insulin (or no insulin) is produced to promote glucose uptake.

UnOC has shown in previous studies to have an effect on the pancreas directly to stimulate insulin release; therefore, this study wanted to test the indirect effect of unOC on insulin secretion via the GLP-1 pathway.

Using mice, unOC’s effect on GLP-1 secretion was tested. 20 minutes after giving mice unOC orally or intraperitoneally, a maximal rise of 50 pg/mL of serum GLP-1 was seen. However, this significant rise was only seen in mice also given the DPP-IV inhibitor sitgaliptin. This needed to be co-administered because GLP-1 has a very short half life and would breakdown before the effects could be seen.

Extending from this, the insulin levels in mice given unOC were seen as raised as well. With the combination of unOC and sitagliptin, insulin rose (maximally) 0.4 ng/mL. These results were seen administering therapies orally or via intrapineal injection. Administering intravenously gave similar results with significant rises in GLP-1 and insulin sooner (as expected).

This study shows unOC may be a strong therapy for type II diabetes management if given to patients in the pure chemical form, as an additive to food, or the like.

Akiko Mizokami, Yu Yasutake, Jing Gao, Miho Matsuda, Ichiro Takahashi, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Masato Hirata. Osteocalcin Induces Release of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 and Thereby Stimulates Insulin Secretion in Mice. PLoS ONE, 2013.


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