Obestatin stimulates glucose-induced insulin secretion through ghrelin receptor GHS-R. Academic Article uri icon


  • Orexigenic hormone ghrelin and anorexic hormone obestatin are encoded by the same preproghrelin gene. While it is known that ghrelin inhibits glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS), the effect of obestatin on GSIS is unclear. Ghrelin's effect is mediated by its receptor Growth Hormone Secretagogue Receptor (GHS-R), but the physiologically relevant receptor of obestatin remains debatable. Here we have investigated the effect of obestatin on GSIS in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo, and tested whether obestatin regulates insulin secretion through GHS-R. We found that under hyperglycemic condition, obestatin augments GSIS in rat insulinoma cells (INS-1) and in pancreatic islets from ghrelin -/- mice. Surprisingly, obestatin-induced GSIS was absent in -cells in which GHS-R was suppressed. Obestatin-induced insulin secretion was abolished in the circulation of Ghsr -/- mice, and in pancreatic islets isolated from Ghsr -/- mice. We also found that obestatin-induced GSIS was attenuated in islets isolated from -cell-specific Ghsr knockout MIP-Cre/ERT;Ghsrf/f mice. Our data collectively demonstrate that obestatin is a potent insulin secretagogue under hyperglycemic condition, and obestatin's effect on insulin secretion is mediated by GHS-R in pancreatic -cells. Our findings reveal an intriguing insight that obestatin and ghrelin have opposing effects on insulin secretion, and both are mediated through ghrelin receptor GHS-R.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

author list (cited authors)

  • Pradhan, G., Wu, C., Han Lee, J., Kanikarla, P., Guo, S., Yechoor, V. K., Samson, S. L., & Sun, Y.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Pradhan, Geetali||Wu, Chia-Shan||Han Lee, Jong||Kanikarla, Preeti||Guo, Shaodong||Yechoor, Vijay K||Samson, Susan L||Sun, Yuxiang

publication date

  • January 2017