So, the C-Peptides follow roughly the same arc, and ratio of rise, as the insulin levels.  So, now I know. Series NavigationMy 2010 Glucose Tolerance Test – Have I Goofed?July 2012 Glucose Tolerance Test – Passed!
HNF-4α controlling many genes involved in liver function such as the GLUT2 and L-PK genes.
Evidence on the mode of action of metformin shows that it improves insulin sensitivity by increasing insulin receptor tyrosine kinase activity and enhancing glycogen synthesis in hepatocytes, and by increasing recruitment and transport of GLUT4 transporters to the plasma membrane in adipose tissue. In addition to its effects on hepatic glucose and lipid homeostasis and adipose tissue lipid homeostasis, metformin exerts effects in the pancreas, vascular endothelial cells, and in cancer cells. Another exenatide-related drug is Bydureon® which is a once-a-week injectable form of exenatide.

A more recent addition to the GLP-1 receptor agonist family of diabetes drugs is Trulicity® (dulaglutide) manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co.
Additionally, it has been shown that metformin affects mitochondrial activities dependent upon the model system studied. The latter effects of metformin were recognized in epidemiological studies of diabetic patients taking metformin versus those who were taking another anti-hyperglycemia drug. Metformin has a mild inhibitory effect on complex I of oxidative phosphorylation, has antioxidant properties, and activates both glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, G6PDH and AMP-activated protein kinase, AMPK. The importance of AMPK in the actions of metformin stems from the role of AMPK in the regulation of both lipid and carbohydrate metabolism (see AMPK: Master Metabolic Regulator for more details).
In adipose tissue, metformin inhibits lipolysis while enhancing re-esterification of fatty acids.

The activation of AMPK by metformin is likely related to the inhibitory effects of the drug on complex I of oxidative phosphorylation. This would lead to a reduction in ATP production and, therefore, an increase in the level of AMP and as a result activation of AMPK.
In fact, since the cells of the gut will see the highest doses of metformin they will experience the greatest level of inhibited complex I which may explain the gastrointestinal side effects (nausea, diarrhea, anorexia) of the drug that limit its utility in many patients.

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