Proinsulin C-peptide activates vagus efferent output in rats

K. Kimura*, A. Niijima, R. Yoshida, T. Kitamura, A. Kamikawa, D. T. Furuya, N. Kitamura, A. Konno, H. Nakamoto, N. Sakane, T. Yoshida, M. Saito

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Abstract / Description of output

The aim of this study was to examine the effect of proinsulin C-peptide on the autonomic nervous systems in rats. Intravenous administration of C-peptide gradually increased electrophysiological activity of the vagus nerves into the stomach and pancreas for at least 90 min. It also slightly increased gastric acid secretion that was suppressed by the treatment with atropine. Intraperitoneal injection of C-peptide did not affect the basal and stress-induced norepinephrine (NE) turnover rate, a biochemical index of sympathetic nerve activity. These results indicate that C-peptide increases parasympathetic nerve activity without affecting sympathetic nerve activity. This could explain, at least in part, the ameliorating effects of C-peptide on impaired cardiac autonomic nerve functions in patients with type 1 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2547-2553
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Atropine
  • C-peptide
  • Gastric acid
  • Norepinephrine
  • Parasympathetic nerve
  • Sympathetic nerve
  • Vagus


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