Molecular signaling of somatostatin receptors

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Apr;1014:121-31. doi: 10.1196/annals.1294.012.


Somatostatin is a neuropeptide family that is produced by neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and immune cells in response to different stimuli. Somatostatin acts as an endogenous inhibitory regulator of various cellular functions including secretions, motility, and proliferation. Its action is mediated by a family of G-protein-coupled receptors (called sst1-sst5) that are widely distributed in the brain and periphery. The five receptors bind the natural peptides with high affinity, but only sst2, sst5, and sst3 bind the short synthetic analogs used to treat acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors. This review covers the current knowledge in somatostatin receptor biology and signaling.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors / physiopathology*
  • Receptors, Somatostatin / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Receptors, Somatostatin