MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCEReceptors for the incretin glucagon-like peptide-1 are expressed on neurons in the central nervous systemHamilton, Alison; Hölscher, ChristianAuthor Information School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University, Coleraine, UK Correspondence to Christian Hölscher, PhD, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland, UK Tel: +44 28 70324178; e-mail: [email protected] Received 8 May 2009 accepted 28 May 2009 NeuroReport: August 26, 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 13 - p 1161-1166 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832fbf14 Buy Metrics Abstract Glucagon-like-peptide-1 is an incretin hormone that also has neuroprotective properties. Here we analyse where glucagon-like-peptide-1receptors are expressed in the brain. The receptor is found only on neurons, not on glia cells. The pyramidal cell layer of the CA region and the granule cell layer of the dentate gyrus in the hippocampus show intense staining. In the neocortex, larger pyramidal neurons express the receptor. In the cerebellum, only Purkinje neurons express the receptor. Dendrites of larger neurons were stained; in particular, pyramidal cells in area CA and dendrites of Purkinje cells. The fact that the receptor is located on neurons and dendrites suggests that the neuroprotective action is caused by the modulation of neuronal excitation. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.