Journal article

Adrenaline: insights into its metabolic roles in hypoglycaemia and diabetes

AJM Verberne, WS Korim, A Sabetghadam, IJ Llewellyn-Smith

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

Adrenaline is a hormone that has profound actions on the cardiovascular system and is also a mediator of the fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline is now increasingly recognized as an important metabolic hormone that helps mobilize energy stores in the form of glucose and free fatty acids in preparation for physical activity or for recovery from hypoglycaemia. Recovery from hypoglycaemia is termed counter-regulation and involves the suppression of endogenous insulin secretion, activation of glucagon secretion from pancreatic α-cells and activation of adrenaline secretion. Secretion of adrenaline is controlled by presympathetic neurons in the rostroventrolateral medulla, which are, in turn, un..

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