Pancreatic polypeptide

Pancreatic polypeptide

pancreatic polypeptide
Symbol PPY
Entrez 5539
HUGO 9327
OMIM 167780
RefSeq NM_002722
UniProt P01298
Other data
Locus Chr. 17 p11.1-qter
IHC for Pancreatic polypeptide in a mouse pancreas, 200×

Pancreatic polypeptide (PP) is a polypeptide secreted by PP cells in the endocrine pancreas predominantly in the head of the pancreas. It consists of 36 amino acids and has molecular weight about 4200 Da.[1]

The function of PP is to self-regulate pancreatic secretion activities (endocrine and exocrine); it also has effects on hepatic glycogen levels and gastrointestinal secretions.

Its secretion in humans is increased after a protein meal, fasting, exercise, and acute hypoglycemia and is decreased by somatostatin and intravenous glucose.

Plasma PP has been shown to be reduced in conditions associated with increased food intake and elevated in anorexia nervosa. In addition, peripheral administration of PP has been shown to decrease food intake in rodents.[2] PP is secreted by PP pancreatic cells of Langerhans islets. It stimulates the gastric juice secretion, but inhibits the gastric secretion induced by pentagastrine. It is the antagonist of cholecystokinin and inhibits the pancreatic secretion which was stimulated by cholecystokinin. On fasting, PP seric concentration is 80 pg/ml; after the meal, it rises up from 8 to 10 times more; glucose and fats also induce PP's level increase, but on parenteral introduction of those substances, the level of hormones doesn't change. The administration of atropine, the vagotomy, blocks the PP's after-meal secretion. The excitation of the vagus nerve, the administration of gastrin, secretin or cholecystokinin induce PP secretion.

The augmentation of PP secretion was observed in hormonal-active pancreatic tumors (insulin, glucagon), in Verner-Morrison syndrome, and in gastrinomas.


  1. ^ Lonovics J, Devitt P, Watson LC, Rayford PL, Thompson JC (Oct 1981). "Pancreatic polypeptide". Arch Surg. 116 (10): 1256–64.  
  2. ^ Batterham, RL; Le Roux, CW; Cohen, MA; Park, AJ; Ellis, SM; Patterson, M; Frost, GS; Ghatei, MA; Bloom, SR (Aug 2003). "Pancreatic polypeptide reduces appetite and food intake in humans". The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 88 (8): 3989–92.  

External links

  • Physiology at MCG 6/6ch2/s6ch2_25
  • Pancreatic polypeptide at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • BBC Hope over 'obesity-busting gum' 15 January 2007