G.M.K. Nijher and S.R. Bloom

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

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Glucagonomas are neuroendocrine tumours arising from the α‎ cells of the islets of Langerhans, which result in excessive secretion of glucagon and peptides derived from preproglucagon. Post-translational modification of proglucagon is tissue specific and results in various glucagon peptides (1). It is the ratio of insulin to glucagon that controls the balance of gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis in the liver. Glucagon stimulates hepatic gluconeogenesis and inhibits both glycolysis and glycogen synthesis. It increases production of free fatty acids from triglyceride breakdown by activating hormone-sensitive lipase; these undergo fatty oxidation in the liver via acetyl CoA, forming ketone bodies. The increase in free fatty acids from lipolysis inhibits hepatic lipogenesis. Glucagon also increases muscle proteolysis, resulting in an increase in amino acid supply to the liver.

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