N-oleoyldopamine enhances glucose homeostasis through the activation of GPR119

Mol Endocrinol. 2010 Jan;24(1):161-70. doi: 10.1210/me.2009-0239. Epub 2009 Nov 9.


G protein-coupled receptor 119 (GPR119) is largely restricted to pancreatic insulin-producing beta-cells and intestinal glucagon-like peptide-1-producing L-cells. Synthetic agonists of this receptor elicit glucose-dependent release of these endocrine factors, thereby enhancing glycemic control. Oleoylethanolamide also activates GPR119, but it remains unclear whether endogenous production of this lipid modulates GPR119 activity under normal or dysglycemic conditions. We show here that a relatively diverse set of lipid amides activate GPR119. Among these, the endovallinoid N-oleoyldopamine (OLDA) stimulated cAMP accumulation in GPR119-transfected cells as effectively as oleoylethanolamide and the previously described synthetic agonist AR231453. None of these lipid amides increased cAMP in control-transfected cells or in cells transfected with a number of other G protein-coupled receptors. OLDA stimulated both cAMP accumulation and insulin release in HIT-T15 cells, which express GPR119 endogenously, and in GPR119-transfected RIN-5F cells. Oral administration of OLDA to C57bl/6 mice elicited significant improvement in glucose tolerance, whereas GPR119-deficient mice were essentially unresponsive. OLDA also acutely elevated plasma gastric inhibitory peptide levels, a known hallmark of GPR119 activation. OLDA represents a possible paracrine modulator of GPR119 in pancreatic islets, where markers of dopamine synthesis correlated well with GPR119 expression. However, no such correlation was seen in the colon. Collectively, these studies indicate that multiple, distinct classes of lipid amides, acting via GPR119, may be important modulators of glucose homeostasis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Amides / metabolism
  • Amides / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / analysis*
  • Cell Line
  • Cricetinae
  • Dopamine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Dopamine / metabolism
  • Dopamine / pharmacology
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Fatty Acids / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Homeostasis* / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin Secretion
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / drug effects*
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / enzymology
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Organ Specificity
  • Rats
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / agonists
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / deficiency
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / genetics
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / metabolism*


  • Amides
  • Blood Glucose
  • Fatty Acids
  • GPR119 protein, human
  • Gpr119 protein, mouse
  • Insulin
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • N-oleoyldopamine
  • Dopamine