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Subject standardization, acclimatization, and sample processing affect gut hormone levels and appetite in humans

By Keval Chandarana, Megan E. Drew, Julian Emmanuel, Efthimia Karra, Cigdem Gelegen, Philip Chan, Nicholas J. Cron and Rachel L. Batterham


Background & Aims: Gut hormones represent attractive therapeutic targets for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, controversy surrounds the effects that adiposity, dietary manipulations, and bariatric surgery have on their circulating concentrations. We sought to determine whether these discrepancies are due to methodologic differences. Methods: Ten normal-weight males participated in a 4-way crossover study investigating whether fasting appetite scores, plasma acyl-ghrelin, active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and peptide YY3–36 (PYY3–36) levels are altered by study-induced stress, prior food consumption, and sample processing. Results: Study visit order affected anxiety, plasma cortisol, and temporal profiles of appetite and plasma PYY3–36, with increased anxiety and cortisol concentrations on the first study day. Plasma cortisol area under the curve (AUC) correlated positively with plasma PYY3–36 AUC. Despite a 14-hour fast, baseline hunger, PYY3–36 concentrations, temporal appetite profiles, PYY3–36 AUC, and active GLP-1 were affected by the previous evening's meal. Sample processing studies revealed that sample acidification and esterase inhibition are required when measuring acyl-ghrelin and dipeptidyl-peptidase IV inhibitor addition for active GLP-1. However, plasma PYY3–36 concentrations were unaffected by addition of dipeptidyl-peptidase IV. Conclusions: Accurate assessment of appetite, feeding behavior, and gut hormone concentrations requires standardization of prior food consumption and subject acclimatization to the study protocol. Moreover, because of the labile nature of acyl-ghrelin and active GLP-1, specialized sample processing needs to be undertaken

Topics: HA Statistics, QP Physiology, RC Internal medicine
Publisher: AGA Institute
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1053/j.gastro.2009.02.047
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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