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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013 May 31;435(2):165-70. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2013.04.092. Epub 2013 May 6.

Curcumin stimulates glucagon-like peptide-1 secretion in GLUTag cells via Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II activation.

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College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chubu University, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501, Japan.


Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a hormone secreted from enteroendocrine L-cells. Enhancing GLP-1 action is an important target for prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Several approaches (GLP-1 analogs, dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitors) are being used to develop therapeutic agents using GLP-1 action for the treatment of diabetes. However, an alternative approach is to increase endogenous GLP-1 secretion through modulation of the secretory mechanism in intestinal L cells by pharmaceutical agents or dietary ingredients. In the present study, we demonstrate that curcumin, a yellow pigment isolated from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa L, significantly increases GLP-1 secretion in GLUTag cells, and we clarified the structure-activity relationship using curcumin derivatives. Also, concerning the secretory mechanism, the significant increase in GLP-1 secretion by curcumin involved the Ca(2+)-Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent kinase II pathway, and was independent of extracellular signal-regulated kinase, PKC, and the cAMP/PKA-related pathway. These findings provide a molecular mechanism for GLP-1 secretion mediated by foods or drugs, and demonstrate a novel biological function of curcumin in regards to GLP-1 secretion.

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