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- [Indicators of glycemic control --hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), glycated albumin (GA), and 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG)]. [English Abstract, Journal Article]
- Rinsho Byori 2014 Jan; 62(1):45-52.
The clinical goal of diabetes management is a good quality of life that is not different from that of a healthy subjects. To fulfill the goal, prevention of complications is needed under good glycemic control. Although blood glucose measurement is essential for glycemic control, there are diurnal variations in blood glucose levels. An indicator of long-term glycemic control is necessary. HbA1c is the gold standard measurement for the assessment of glycemic control, and worldwide large scale clinical studies of diabetes complications have greatly valued HbA1c as an indicator of glycemic control. In addition, recently, HbA1c was recommended for use in the diagnosis of diabetes in Japan and in the United States. Although HbA1c is used widely and internationally, international standardization of the HbA1c value has not been achieved. In Japan, from April 2014, it has been decided to adopt the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) value, which is used by many countries globally, as the first step toward internationalization. Recently, cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients has been increasing in Japan. Relationships between postprandial hyperglycemia and cardiovascular disease have been noted. Therefore, the correction of postprandial hyperglycemia is one of the important goals of glycemic control to prevent cardiovascular disease. HbA1c or glycated albumin (GA) results from the glycation of hemoglobin or serum albumin and represents 2-month or 2-week glycemia, respectively. In addition, the glycation speed of GA is ten times faster than HbA1c, so GA is likely to reflect the variation in blood glucose and postprandial hyperglycemia in combination with HbA1c and its value. 1,5-anhydroglucitol (AG) is a marker of glycemia-induced glycosuria, since reabsorption of filtered 1,5-AG in the proximal tubule is competitively inhibited by glucose. It is an indicator to identify rapid changes in hyperglycemia. Understanding the characteristics of the indicators above, it is important to use them suitably for each diabetes subject and to recognize glycemic control conditions more accurately.
- Kidney involvement in autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy in a Finnish cohort. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Nephrol Dial Transplant 2014 Apr 7.
Autoimmune tubulo-interstitial nephritis (TIN) is a rare complication of autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED). Previous data on TIN and other renal or urologic manifestations of APECED are sparse.We performed a retrospective study on the urinary and renal tract diseases in a cohort of 30 Finnish patients with APECED (mean age 40 years), with special emphasis on the clinical presentation and the immunologic characteristics of TIN. Clinical and laboratory findings, specific anticytokine and kidney-specific antibodies were analysed.Five of the 30 (17%) patients had moderate-to-severe renal failure, including 3 (10%) with TIN, leading to either transplantation, haemodialysis or immunosuppressive treatment. No other cause other than APECED was found for the TIN. All three patients with TIN had circulating antibodies against the distal part of the nephron, as did 30% of all cohort cases. Two had nephrocalcinosis, and two had renal tubular acidosis type 1. Immunosuppressive therapy with mycophenolate mofetil or rituximab in one pediatric case did not revert the TIN, however.Renal failure should raise concern for TIN in APECED. It discloses some specific features: no uveitis, no glycosuria and inconstant urinalysis anomalies. Regular renal monitoring for any APECED patient should be performed. Circulating antibodies against the distal part of the nephron are frequent and present in all TIN patients, but their pathologic significance is not yet known. Future studies will be needed to understand the triggers leading to overt clinical disease in these patients.
- Dapagliflozin: Glucuretic action and beyond. [REVIEW]
- Pharmacol Res 2014 Apr 3.:34-39.
Diabetes mellitus is a greatly challenging disease of the 21 century, and the mortality rate due to this insidious disease is increasing worldwide in spite of availability of effective oral hypoglycemic agents. Satisfactory management of glycemic control in patients afflicted with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains a major clinical challenge. Identification of potential pharmacological target sites is therefore continuing as an integral part of the diabetic research. The sodium-glucose co-transporter type 2 (SGLT2) expressed in the renal proximal tubule plays an essential role in glucose reabsorption. Pharmacological blockade of SGLT2 prevents glucose reabsorption and subsequently induces the elimination of filtered glucose via urine, the process is known as 'glucuresis'. Dapagliflozin is a selective inhibitor of SGLT2. The US FDA approved dapagliflozin in January 2014 to improve glycemic control along with diet and exercise in adult patients afflicted with T2DM. It has a potential to decrease glycated hemoglobin and to promote weight loss. Although the mechanism of action of dapagliflozin is not directly linked with insulin or insulin sensitivity, reduction of plasma glucose by dapagliflozin via induction of glucosuria could improve muscle insulin sensitivity. Moreover, dapagliflozin could cause diuresis and subsequently fall in blood pressure. In addition to general discussion on the pharmacology of dapagliflozin, we propose in this review the possibilities of dual antidiabetic effect of dapagliflozin and its possible additional beneficial actions in hypertensive-obese-T2DM patients through its indirect blood pressure-lowering action and reduction of body calories and weight. Long-term clinical studies are however needed to clarify this contention.
- Tenofovir induced Fanconi syndrome: A rare cause of hypokalemic paralysis. [Journal Article]
- Indian J Nephrol 2014 Mar; 24(2):108-9.
We report a 55-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with acute onset quadriparesis. She was diagnosed to have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome 7 years ago and was on tenofovir based anti-retroviral therapy for past 10 months. As the patient also had hypophosphatemia, glucosuria and proteinuria Fanconi syndrome (FS) was suspected. She improved dramatically over next 12 h to regain normal power and also her renal functions improved over next few days. Tenofovir induced FS presenting as hypokalemic paralysis is very rare complication and is the first case reported from India.
- Experimental study on effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Emblica officinalis fruits on glucose homeostasis and metabolic parameters. [Journal Article]
- Ayu 2013 Oct; 34(4):440-4.
Polyphenols from natural source are potential therapeutics that act alone or supplement anti-diabetic drugs in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The present investigation was undertaken to study the effect of hydroalcoholic extract (HE) of fruits of Emblica officinalis on type 1 diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ) (45 mg/kg i.v.). HE (100 mg/kg, p.o.) was administered for 4 weeks and at the end of treatment, blood samples were collected and analyzed for various biochemical parameters. STZ produced a diabetic state exhibiting all the cardinal symptoms such as loss of body weight, polydipsia, polyuria, glucosuria, polyphagia, hypoinsulinemia, and hyperglycemia associated with hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia. Treatment with HE prevented cardinal symptoms and caused significant decrease in fasting serum glucose, AUCglucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very LDL in diabetic rats. However, insulin, AUCinsulin, and serum high-density lipoprotein level were not significantly altered by treatment. Treatment also reduced lipid peroxidation and increased anti-oxidant parameters in the liver homogenates of diabetic rats. Polyphenol enriched fraction of HE significantly improved disarranged carbohydrate and lipid metabolism of chemically induced diabetes in rats. The mechanism of its anti-diabetic activity appears to be either improvement in peripheral glucose utilization, increased insulin sensitivity, or anti-oxidant property.
- [End-stage renal disease after sarcoma therapy - case 3/2014]. [English Abstract, Journal Article]
- Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2014 Apr; 139(15):785.
History and admission findings: A 67-year-old male patient developed progressive renal failure following successful treatment of a soft tissue sarcoma that comprised surgical resection after neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy with the application of doxorubicin (cumulative dose 180 mg/m²) and ifosfamide (cumulative dose 33 g/m²). Investigations: Plasma creatinine concentration was elevated to 4.5 mg/dl. Upon detection of glucosuria and α1-microglobulinuria renal biopsy was performed. Diagnosis, treatment and course: Histologic analysis revealed massively injured tubules that could be explained by a toxic effect of ifosfamide. Glomeruli were not affected and appeared normal. After two months of conservative therapy, the patient developed an uremic syndrome requiring hemodialysis. Ever since kidney function did not recover albeit preserved diuresis.
Conclusions:Ifosfamide can cause end-stage renal disease by a tubulotoxic effect that may be the result of a selective intracellular uptake into the proximal tubule via the human organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2).
- Lowering Plasma Glucose Concentration by Inhibiting Renal Sodium-Glucose Co-Transport. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Intern Med 2014 Apr 1.
Maintaining normoglycaemia not only reduces the risk of diabetic microvascular complications but also corrects the metabolic abnormalities that contribute to the development and progression of hyperglycaemia (i.e. insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction). Progressive beta-cell failure, in addition to the multiple side effects associated with many current antihyperglycaemic agents (e.g., hypoglycaemia and weight gain) presents major obstacle to the achievement of the recommended goal of glycaemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Thus, novel effective therapies are needed for optimal glucose control in subjects with DM. Recently, specific inhibitors of renal sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) have been developed to produce glucosuria and lower the plasma glucose concentration. Because of their unique mechanism of action (which is independent of the secretion and action of insulin), these agents are effective in lowering the plasma glucose concentration in all stages of DM and can be combined with all other antidiabetic agents. In this review, we summarize the available data concerning the mechanism of action, efficacy and safety of this novel class of antidiabetic agent. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
- The perils of clinical trials. [Journal Article]
- Kidney Int 2014 Apr; 85(4):745-7.
When the maximal reabsorptive capacity for glucose is lowered by blockade of the activity of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2), glucosuria occurs in proportion to the plasma glucose and glomerular filtration rate. Accordingly, the modest, 0.44%, hemoglobin A1c reduction found by Kohan et al. in diabetic patients with relatively good glycemic control and chronic kidney disease stage 3 treated with an SGLT2 inhibitor might have been anticipated. The 0.32% fall in hemoglobin A1c in the placebo group, however, seems less expected.
- Inhibition of renal glucose reabsorption as a novel treatment for diabetes patients. [Journal Article]
- J Bras Nefrol 2014 Mar; 36(1):80-92.
The importance of the kidney in glucose homeostasis has been recognized for many years. Recent observations indicating a greater role of renal glucose metabolism in various physiologic and pathologic conditions have rekindled the interest in renal glucose handling as a potential target for the treatment of diabetes. The enormous capacity of the proximal tubular cells to reabsorb the filtered glucose load entirely, utilizing the sodium-glucose co-transporter system (primarily SGLT-2), became the focus of attention. Original studies conducted in experimental animals with the nonspecific SGLT inhibitor phlorizin showed that hyperglycemia after pancreatectomy decreased as a result of forced glycosuria. Subsequently, several compounds with more selective SGLT-2 inhibition properties ("second-generation") were developed. Some agents made it into pre-clinical and clinical trials and a few have already been approved for commercial use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In general, a 6-month period of therapy with SGLT-2 inhibitors is followed by a mean urinary glucose excretion rate of ~80 g/day accompanied by a decline in fasting and postprandial glucose with average decreases in HgA1C ~1.0%. Concomitant body weight loss and a mild but consistent drop in blood pressure also have been reported. In contrast, transient polyuria, thirst with dehydration and occasional hypotension have been described early in the treatment. In addition, a significant increase in the occurrence of uro-genital infections, particularly in women has been documented with the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors.
Conclusion:Although long-term cardiovascular, renal and bone/mineral effects are unknown SGLT-2 inhibitors, if used with caution and in the proper patient provide a unique insulin-independent therapeutic option in the management of obese type 2 diabetes patients.
- Ifosfamide-induced Fanconi syndrome with diabetes insipidus. [Journal Article]
- Korean J Intern Med 2014 Mar; 29(2):246-9.
Ifosfamide-induced Fanconi syndrome is a rare complication that typically occurs in young patients due to a cumulative dose of ifosfamide > 40-60 g/m(2), a reduction in kidney mass, or concurrent cisplatin treatment. It is usually characterized by severe and fatal progression accompanied by type II proximal renal tubular dysfunction, as evidenced by glycosuria, proteinuria, electrolyte loss, and metabolic acidosis. Diabetes insipidus is also a rare complication of ifosfamide-induced renal disease. We herein describe a case involving a 61-year-old man who developed ifosfamide-induced Fanconi syndrome accompanied by diabetes insipidus only a few days after the first round of chemotherapy. He had no known risk factors. In addition, we briefly review the mechanisms and possible therapeutic options for this condition based on other cases in the literature. Patients who receive ifosfamide must be closely monitored for renal impairment to avoid this rare but fatal complication.