Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibition with sitagliptin: a new therapy for type 2 diabetes.

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Sitagliptin is a once-daily, orally active, competitive and fully reversible inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase 4, the enzyme that is responsible for the rapid degradation of the incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide-1. It is the first in this new class of antihyperglycaemic agents to gain regulatory approval for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, both as a monotherapy and for use in combination with metformin or a thiazolidinedione. In clinical trials of < or = 1-year duration, sitagliptin improves glycaemic control by reducing both fasting and postprandial glucose concentrations, leading to clinically meaningful reductions in glycosylated haemoglobin levels. It is safe and well tolerated, with a side-effect profile that is similar to that of the placebo, a low incidence of hypoglycaemia and body weight neutrality. Further clinical experience with sitagliptin will reveal its long-term durability, safety and efficacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalExpert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)533-45
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Keywords: Adenosine Deaminase; Animals; Antigens, CD26; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Drugs, Investigational; Enzyme Inhibitors; Glycoproteins; Humans; Hypoglycemic Agents; Pyrazines; Triazoles

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