Interorgan crosstalk in pancreatic islet function and pathology

Ronald M. Evans, Zong Wei

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Pancreatic β cells secrete insulin in response to glucose, a process that is regulated at multiple levels, including a network of input signals from other organ systems. Impaired islet function contributes to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and targeting inter-organ communications, such as GLP-1 signalling, to enhance β-cell function has been proven to be a successful therapeutic strategy in the last decade. In this review, we will discuss recent advances in inter-organ communication from the metabolic, immune and neural system to pancreatic islets, their biological implication in normal pancreas endocrine function and their role in the (mal)adaptive responses of islet to nutrition-induced stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-619
Number of pages13
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • GLP-1
  • inter-organ crosstalk
  • pancreatic β cells
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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