Effects of arginine and arginine plus somatostatin infusion on insulin release in diabetic patients submitted to pancreas allotransplantation

A. Secchi, A. E. Pontiroli, E. Bosi, P. M. Piatti, J. L. Touraine, L. D. Monti, A. Gelet, J. Traeger, J. M. Dubernard, G. Pozza

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Abstract

The present study was aimed at evaluating the role of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) in the insulin (IRI) response to arginine in humans. Nine patients who were recipients of simultaneous segmental pancreatic and renal grafts (6 receiving steroids and azathioprine as immuno suppression therapy, 3 treated with Cyclosporin A), 3 non-diabetic patients with kidney grafts (receiving steroid and azathioprine) and 10 normal subjects were studied. Arginine induced a clear IRI release in all subjects with no significant difference among the groups. Somatostatin (SRIF) inhibited IRI release to a similar degree in all subjects. Since the trasplanted pancreas is completely denervated, these data suggest that the integrity of the ANS is not essential to the IRI response to arginine, nor for the inhibitory effect of SRIF on IRI release.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalDiabete et Metabolisme
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine

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