L-arginine stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas of normal and diabetic rats

E. Adeghate, A. S. Ponery, T. El-Sharkawy, H. Parvez

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Abstract

Several reports have shown that nitric oxide (NO) stimulates glucose-induced insulin secretion in the pancreas of normal rat but the effect of L-arginine (a NO donor) on insulin secretion from the pancreas of diabetic pancreas is unknown. Fragments of pancreatic tissue from normal and diabetic rats were incubated for 45 min in Krebs solution containing 100mM L-arginine. The supernatant was subsequently analyzed for the insulin content using radioimmunoassay technique. L-arginine evoked large increases in insulin secretion from the pancreas of diabetic rat. The insulin secreted from the pancreas of diabetic rat was numerically but not significantly lower compared to that of normal rat pancreas. In conclusion, L-arginine, a nitric oxide donor stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas of diabetic rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalAmino Acids
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Amino acids
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Insulin secretion
  • L-Arginine
  • NO
  • Pancreas
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Rat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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