The metabolite generated by dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 metabolism of glucagon-like peptide-1 has no influence on plasma glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes

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AIM/HYPOTHESIS: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is metabolised by the enzyme dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 (DPP-4), generating a metabolite with potential antagonistic properties. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of that metabolite on plasma glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The randomised crossover study consisted of five regimens: (1) i.v. infusion of GLP-1 (1.2 pmol kg(-1) min(-1); IV); (2 and 3) s.c. infusion of GLP-1 (2.4 and 9.6 pmol kg(-1) min(-1); LSC, HSC); (4) s.c. infusion of GLP-1 (2.4 pmol kg(-1) min(-1)) in combination with a DPP-4 inhibitor (IB); and (5) s.c. infusion of saline (154 mmol NaCl/l; SAL). Seven patients with type 2 diabetes participated in all protocols.

RESULTS: Plasma levels of intact GLP-1 increased from 7+/-1 (SAL) to 17+/-3 (LSC), 61+/-7 (IB), 62+/-5 (IV) and 94+/-10 (9.6 s.c.) pmol/l, p<0.0001. Plasma concentrations of the metabolite increased from 1+/-3 (SAL) and 2+/-6 (IB) pmol/l to 42+/-4 (LSC), 64+/-8 (IV) and 327+/-16 (HSC) pmol/l, p<0.0001. Mean plasma glucose levels at 6 h decreased from 12.4+/-1.1 (SAL) mmol/l to 10.4+/-1.1 (LSC), 8.6+/-0.6 (IB), 8.8+/-0.8 (IV) and 9.1+/-0.9 (HSC) mmol/l, p<0.0001.

CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: At approximately similar concentrations of intact GLP-1 (IV, IB, HSC), but with widely ranging metabolite concentrations, the effect on plasma glucose levels was equal, indicating that the presence of the metabolite does not antagonise the glucose-lowering effect of GLP-1.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)369-74
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

    Research areas

  • Blood Glucose, C-Peptide, Cross-Over Studies, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4, Enzyme Activation, Enzyme Inhibitors, Female, Glucagon, Glucagon-Like Peptide 1, Humans, Insulin, Male, Middle Aged, Nitriles, Peptides, Pyrrolidines

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