Insulin-Like Peptide 5 Interacts with Sex Hormones and Metabolic Parameters in a Gender and Adiposity Dependent Manner in Humans

Horm Metab Res. 2016 Sep;48(9):589-94. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-109869. Epub 2016 Jun 29.


Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a gut hormone produced by L-cells in the colorectal epithelium and may play a role in the regulation of metabolic processes. The biological role of INSL5 is poorly investigated and nothing is known about the role of this hormone in obese and lean humans. Two cohorts were analyzed in the study. In the first cohort (n=76) the relationship between serum levels of INSL5 and different metabolic and hormonal parameters in obese and lean men and women were investigated. In the second cohort 14 male subjects underwent bariatric surgery. Circulating levels of INSL5 were then measured before and after interventions.We report for the first time that circulating INSL5 interacts with multiple metabolic and hormonal variables in lean and obese men and women and is affected by bariatric surgery. Serum levels of INSL5 negatively correlated with testosterone and blood lipids but positively with cortisol in obese men. In contrast to males, obese women had a strong negative correlation of plasma levels of INSL5 with C-reactive protein (CRP). We observed that adipose tissue loss after bariatric surgery significantly reduced serum levels of INSL5 in obese men with and without Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) that was associated with the restoration of circulating levels of testosterone. All together, our data demonstrated that INSL5 may interact with some metabolic parameters in obese humans and this process is dependent of gender and obesity state.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biomarkers / metabolism*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / etiology
  • Metabolic Syndrome / metabolism*
  • Metabolic Syndrome / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Prognosis
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Thinness / complications*
  • Thinness / physiopathology
  • Young Adult


  • Biomarkers
  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones
  • Insulin
  • Leydig insulin-like protein
  • Proteins