Sleeve gastrectomy rapidly enhances islet function independently of body weight.

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Bariatric surgeries including vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) ameliorate obesity and diabetes. Weight loss and accompanying increases to insulin sensitivity contribute to improved glycemia after surgery; however, studies in humans also suggest weight-independent actions of bariatric procedures to lower blood glucose, possibly by improving insulin secretion. To evaluate this hypothesis, we compared VSG-operated mice with pair-fed, sham-surgical controls (PF-Sham) 2 weeks after surgery. This paradigm yielded similar postoperative body weight and insulin sensitivity between VSG and calorically restricted PF-Sham animals. However, VSG improved glucose tolerance and markedly enhanced insulin secretion during oral nutrient and i.p. glucose challenges compared with controls. Islets from VSG mice displayed a unique transcriptional signature enriched for genes involved in Ca2+ signaling and insulin secretion pathways. This finding suggests that bariatric surgery leads to intrinsic changes within the islet that alter function. Indeed, islets isolated from VSG mice had increased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion and a left-shifted glucose sensitivity curve compared with islets from PF-Sham mice. Isolated islets from VSG animals showed corresponding increases in the pulse duration of glucose-stimulated Ca2+ oscillations. Together, these findings demonstrate a weight-independent improvement in glycemic control following VSG, which is, in part, driven by improved insulin secretion and associated with substantial changes in islet gene expression. These results support a model in which β cells play a key role in the adaptation to bariatric surgery and the improved glucose tolerance that is typical of these procedures.

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Cited Authors

  • Douros, JD; Niu, J; Sdao, S; Gregg, T; Fisher-Wellman, K; Bharadwaj, M; Molina, A; Arumugam, R; Martin, M; Petretto, E; Merrins, MJ; Herman, MA; Tong, J; Campbell, J; D'Alessio, D

Published Date

  • March 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 126688 -

PubMed ID

  • 30777938

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6483064

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2379-3708

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2379-3708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1172/jci.insight.126688


  • eng