Gliquidone Mechanism of action on insulin secretion In the basal state, the plasma membrane of the β cell is hyperpolarized, and the rate of insulin secretion from the cell is low. When glucose is available, it enters the cell via GLUT2 transporters in the plasma membrane and is metabolized to generate intracellular ATP . ATP binds to and inhibits the plasma membrane K+/ATP channel. Inhibition of the K+/ATP channel decreases plasma membrane K+ conductance; the resulting depolarization of the membrane activates voltage-gated Ca2+ channels and thereby stimulates an influx of Ca2+ . Ca2+ mediates fusion of insulin-containing secretory vesicles with the plasma membrane, leading to insulin secretion.
In some literature articles, the term mechanism of action and mode of action (MoA) are used interchangeably; typically referring to the way in which the drug interacts and produces a medical effect. However, in actuality, a mode of action describes functional or anatomical changes, at the cellular level, resulting from the exposure of a living organism to a substance.  This differs from a mechanism of action, as it is a more specific term that focuses on the interaction between the drug itself and an enzyme or receptor and its particular form of interaction, whether through inhibition , activation , agonism , or antagonism . Furthermore, the term mechanism of action is the main term that is primarily used in pharmacology, whereas mode of action will more often appear in the field of microbiology or certain aspects of biology.