The influence of somatostatin on glucagon and pancreatic polypeptide secretion in the isolated perfused human pancreas

Int J Pancreatol. 1995 Aug;18(1):51-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02825421.


The current study was undertaken to determine whether intraislet somatostatin regulates glucagon or pancreatic polypeptide (PP) secretion in the human pancreas. A high-affinity, high-specificity monoclonal somatostatin antibody (CURE.S6) was used to immunoneutralize somatostatin in the isolated, perfused human pancreas. Single-pass perfusion was performed in pancreata obtained from cadaveric organ donors using a modified Krebs media with either 3.9 or 12.9 mM glucose. Sequential test periods separated by basal periods were performed with infusion of either exogenous somatostatin-14 (SS-14), CURE.S6, or a combined infusion. Infusion of SS-14 did not significantly alter glucagon or PP secretion during low-glucose or high-glucose perfusion. Immunoneutralization of intraislet somatostatin with CURE.S6 resulted in a significant increase of glucagon secretion under low-glucose conditions (delta X = 15 +/- 3 pM) (p < 0.05), but did not significantly effect glucagon secretion under high-glucose conditions (delta X = -2 +/- 3 pM) (p = NS). PP secretion remained unchanged during CURE.S6 infusion. Combined infusion of SS-14 and CURE.S6 did not significantly alter glucagon or PP secretion. The data suggest that intraislet somatostatin may have an inhibitory role in the regulation of glucagon secretion during low-glucose conditions and that intraislet somatostatin does not regulate PP secretion in the isolated, perfused human pancreas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Glucagon / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pancreas / drug effects
  • Pancreas / metabolism*
  • Pancreatic Polypeptide / metabolism*
  • Perfusion
  • Somatostatin / pharmacology
  • Somatostatin / physiology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Somatostatin
  • Pancreatic Polypeptide
  • Glucagon