Enteroglucagon is a peptide hormone derived from preproglucagon. It is a gastrointestinal hormone, secreted from mucosal cells primarily of the colon and terminal ileum.[1] It consists of 37 amino acids. Enteroglucagon is released when fats and glucose are present in the small intestine; which decrease the motility to allow sufficient time for these nutrients to be absorbed.


In 1948, Sutherland and De Duve identified a gastrointestinal glucagon-like material in gastric mucosa,[2] the term "enteroglucagon" was used to describe this material that shared a similar immunoreactivity with glucagon.[3] A half-century later, Brubaker and Drucker[4] studied proglucagon gene expression, they discovered the function of enteroglucagon is related to the growth of intestinal epithelium.[5]


Enteroglucagon is a proglucagon-derived peptide or enteroendocrine cells derived peptide in the small intestine. Preproglucagon undergoes post translational modification to release glucagon-like peptides (GLP-1 and GLP-2) and other molecules derived from L-cells of intestine. GLP-1 is derived from a class of intestinal hormones called incretin and the molecule exists in two forms GLP-1(7-37) and GLP-1(7-36) amide.[6] GLP-1 form of incretin starts circulating in response to a high blood glucose level. Incretin effect is a negative feedback loop between glucose and insulin level, it promotes insulin release from beta cells of pancreas islet and suppresses glucagon when the glucose level is high.[7] In vertebrate mammals, GLP-2 sequences are highly conversed in the intestine.[2] The molecule functions as apart of adaptive response, such that contributes intestinal growth, proliferation effect, intestinal dilation (increases the mucosal blood flow) and reduces the chance of apoptosis.[2]

Clinical Significance

GLP-1 is effective at reducing blood glucose levels. GLP-1 analogs have a significant therapeutic effect and high efficacy on diabetes treatments and hypoglycemia prevention.[8] Proliferation effect and trophic effect on the small intestine, GLP-2 is used as a therapy to support patients with short-bowel syndrome and other underlying intestinal conditions.[9]

See also


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  8. ^ Trujillo, Jennifer M.; Nuffer, Wesley; Ellis, Samuel L. (February 2015). "GLP-1 receptor agonists: a review of head-to-head clinical studies". Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. 6 (1): 19–28. doi:10.1177/2042018814559725. ISSN 2042-0188. PMC 4321870. PMID 25678953.
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