Impaired cardiometabolic responses to glucagon-like peptide 1 in obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus

Steven P. Moberly, Kieren J. Mather, Zachary C. Berwick, Meredith K. Owen, Adam G. Goodwill, Eli D. Casalini, Gary D. Hutchins, Mark A. Green, Yen Ng, Robert V. Considine, Kevin M. Perry, Robin L. Chisholm, Johnathan D. Tune

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Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) has insulin-like effects on myocardial glucose uptake which may contribute to its beneficial effects in the setting of myocardial ischemia. Whether these effects are different in the setting of obesity or type 2 diabetes (T2DM) requires investigation. We examined the cardiometabolic actions of GLP-1 (7-36) in lean and obese/T2DM humans, and in lean and obese Ossabaw swine. GLP-1 significantly augmented myocardial glucose uptake under resting conditions in lean humans, but this effect was impaired in T2DM. This observation was confirmed and extended in swine, where GLP-1 effects to augment myocardial glucose uptake during exercise were seen in lean but not in obese swine. GLP-1 did not increase myocardial oxygen consumption or blood flow in humans or in swine. Impaired myocardial responsiveness to GLP-1 in obesity was not associated with any apparent alterations in myocardial or coronary GLP1-R expression. No evidence for GLP-1-mediated activation of cAMP/PKA or AMPK signaling in lean or obese hearts was observed. GLP-1 treatment augmented p38-MAPK activity in lean, but not obese cardiac tissue. Taken together, these data provide novel evidence indicating that the cardiometabolic effects of GLP-1 are attenuated in obesity and T2DM, via mechanisms that may involve impaired p38-MAPK signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number365
JournalBasic Research in Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Cardiac
  • Diabetes
  • GLP-1
  • Glucose
  • Metabolism
  • Obesity


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