Plasma levels of pancreatic polypeptide were measured after a test meal and after infusion of graded doses of 99% pure cholecystokinin in 6 healthy volunteers. Initial attempts at sterilization of 99% pure cholecystokinin resulted in complete inactivation. Successful sterilization was accomplished by filtration by using specially treated silver-coated filters. Biologic activity of sterilized material was confirmed with cholecystokinin bioassay, and plasma levels of sterilized cholecystokinin achieved by exogenous infusions were measured with a specific cholecystokinin radioimmunoassay. Significant increases in plasma levels of pancreatic polypeptide were found with a test meal and with infusions of 0.25 and 0.5 μg/kg-hr of 99% pure cholecystokinin. Integrated values of pancreatic polypeptide released by the low-dose and the high-dose infusions of 99% pure cholecystokinin were 59% and 50% of that obtained by food, respectively. Integrated levels of cholecystokinin after 45 min of infusion of 0.25 μg/kg-hr were equal to those after a standard meal. Cholecystokinin, therefore, is an effective humoral releaser of pancreatic polypeptide in humans and may play an important role in the intestinal phase of release of pancreatic polypeptide.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1980|
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