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Mikkel H Vendelbo, Britt Christensen, Solbritt B Grønbæk, Morten Høgild, Michael Madsen, Steen B Pedersen, Jens O L Jørgensen, Niels Jessen, and Niels Møller


Fasting and exercise stimulates, whereas glucose suppresses GH secretion, but it is uncertain how these conditions impact GH signaling in peripheral tissues. To test the original ‘feast and famine hypothesis’ by Rabinowitz and Zierler, according to which the metabolic effects of GH are predominant during fasting, we specifically hypothesized that fasting and exercise act in synergy to increase STAT-5b target gene expression.

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Eight healthy men were studied on two occasions in relation to a 1 h exercise bout: i) with a concomitant i.v. glucose infusion (‘feast’) and ii) after a 36 h fast (‘famine’). Muscle and fat biopsy specimens were obtained before, immediately after, and 30 min after exercise.


GH increased during exercise on both examination days and this effect was amplified by fasting, and free fatty acid (FFA) levels increased after fasting. STAT-5b phosphorylation increased similarly following exercise on both occasions. In adipose tissue, suppressors of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) and SOCS2 were increased after exercise on the fasting day and both fasting and exercise increased cytokine inducible SH2-containing protein (CISH). In muscle, SOCS2 and CISH mRNA were persistently increased after fasting. Muscle SOCS1, SOCS3, and CISH mRNA expression increased, whereas SOCS2 decreased after exercise on both examination days.


This study demonstrates that fasting and exercise act in tandem to amplify STAT-5b target gene expression (SOCS and CISH) in adipose and muscle tissue in accordance with the ‘feast and famine hypothesis’; the adipose tissue signaling responses, which hitherto have not been scrutinized, may play a particular role in promoting FFA mobilization.

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Signe Stensen, Lærke S Gasbjerg, Liva L. Krogh, Kirsa Skov-Jeppesen, Alexander H. Sparre-Ulrich, Mette H. Jensen, Flemming Dela, Bolette Hartmann, Tina Vilsbøll, Jens J Holst, Mette M. Rosenkilde, Mikkel B. Christensen, and Filip K Knop

Objective: The insulinotropic effect of exogenous, intravenously infused glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is impaired in patients with type 2 diabetes. We evaluated the effects of endogenous GIP in relation to glucose and bone metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes using a selective GIP receptor antagonist and hypothesized that the effects of endogenous GIP were preserved.

Design: A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover study.

Methods: Ten patients with overweight/obesity and type 2 diabetes (mean±SD; HbA1c 52±11 mmol/mol; BMI 32.5±4.8 kg/m2) were included. We infused a selective GIP receptor antagonist, GIP(3-30)NH2 (1,200 pmol × kg-1 × min-1), or placebo (saline) during two separate, 230-minute, standardized, liquid mixed meal tests followed by an ad libitum meal. Subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies were analyzed.

Results: Compared with placebo, GIP(3-30)NH2 reduced postprandial insulin secretion (Δbaseline-subtracted area under the curve (bsAUC)C-peptide%±SEM; -14±6%, p=0.021) and peak glucagon (Δ%±SEM; -11±6%, p=0.046), but had no effect on plasma glucose (p=0.692). Suppression of bone resorption (assessed by circulating carboxy-terminal collagen crosslinks (CTX)) was impaired during GIP(3-30)NH2 infusion compared with placebo (ΔbsAUCCTX;±SEM; -4.9±2 ng/ml × min, p=0.005) corresponding to a ~50% reduction. Compared with placebo, GIP(3-30)NH2 did not affect plasma lipids, ad libitum meal consumption or adipose tissue triglyceride content.

Conclusions: Using a selective GIP receptor antagonist during a meal, we show that endogenous GIP increases postprandial insulin secretion with little effect on postprandial glycemia but is important for postprandial bone homeostasis in patients with type 2 diabetes.