The Neuropeptide Galanin Benefits Insulin Sensitivity in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes
Penghua Fang, Mei Yu, Mingyi Shi, Biao He, Zhenwen Zhang and Ping Bo
Affiliation: Research Institute of Combined Chinese Traditional and Western Medicine, Medical College, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province 225001, China.
Keywords: Galanin, insulin, glucose transporter 4.
Impaired insulin sensitivity, namely insulin resistance, is a metabolic and functional disorder that is often associated
with the type 2 diabetes mellitus and/or obesity. Recent studies have provided compelling clues that the neuropeptide
galanin is closely related to insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue of rats. This peptide may regulate
glucose homeostasis and carbohydrate metabolism in peripheral tissues, as well as accelerate the translocation of glucose
transporter 4 to the plasma membrane of various insulin-sensitive cells to reduce insulin resistance. Galanin plays a crucial
role in inhibiting insulin secretion from pancreatic β cells to prevent hyperinsulinemia, which is a characteristic of type 2
diabetes mellitus. This review provides a comprehensive aggregation of the current literature available, bringing together
data gleaned from our recent studies highlighting the role of galanin in regulating insulin sensitivity. This comprehensive
role played by galanin and its relative agents in regulating insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity provides a new insight
into the influence of this neuropeptides on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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