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- Clinical and molecular characterization of maturity onset-diabetes of the young caused by hepatocyte nuclear factor-4 alpha mutation: red flags for prediction of the diagnosis. [Journal Article]
- Ann Saudi Med 2014 May-Jun; 34(3):217-21.
The prevalence of maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) in Saudi population remains unknown, and data on molecular etiology of this condition is limited. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to elucidate clinical and molecular characteristics of a Saudi family with MODY 1.This is a case series study conducted at Saad Specialist Hospital in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia.A 12-year-old female presented to us with symptoms suggestive of diabetes. Investigations revealed hyperglycemia, glycosuria, and ketonuria without acidosis. Pancreatic antibodies were negative. She responded well to subcutaneous insulin. Her family history revealed that 2 of her siblings were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1DM), while her father and mother had type 2 diabetes (T2DM). In view of this strong family history, the possibility of monogenic diabetes was raised, and the 2 genes consistent with this phe.notype, hepatocyte nuclear factor-1 alpha (HNF1a) and hepatocyte nuclear factor-4 alpha (HNF4a), were studied. Accordingly, genomic DNA was isolated from peripheral blood lymphocytes of the 8 members of this family, polymerase chain reaction was carried out, and sequencing of the whole HNF4a and HNF1a genes was done.DNA study of the proband revealed a heterozygous substitution in intron 1 (IVS1b C > T-5)(c.50-5C > T) of the HNF1a gene. This mutation was identified in other 5 members of the family.This study alerts physicians to suspect MODY in patients who have a strongly positive family history of diabetes over a few generations with negative pancreatic antibodies and absence of ketoacidosis and obesity.
- Nonclinical Safety of the Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitor Empagliflozin. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Int J Toxicol 2014 Sep 26.
Empagliflozin, a selective inhibitor of the renal tubular sodium-glucose cotransporter 2, was developed for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nonclinical safety of empagliflozin was studied in a battery of tests to support global market authorization. Safety pharmacology studies indicated no effect of empagliflozin on measures of respiratory or central nervous system function in rats or cardiovascular safety in telemeterized dogs. In CD-1 mouse, Wistar Han rat, or beagle dogs up to 13, 26, or 52 weeks of treatment, respectively, empagliflozin exhibited a toxicity profile consistent with secondary supratherapeutic pharmacology related to glucose loss and included decreased body weight and body fat, increased food consumption, diarrhea, dehydration, decreased serum glucose and increases in other serum parameters reflective of increased protein catabolism, gluconeogenesis, and electrolyte imbalances, and urinary changes such as polyuria and glucosuria. Microscopic changes were consistently observed in kidney and included tubular nephropathy and interstitial nephritis (dog), renal mineralization (rat) and tubular epithelial cell karyomegaly, single cell necrosis, cystic hyperplasia, and hypertrophy (mouse). Empagliflozin was not genotoxic. Empagliflozin was not carcinogenic in female mice or female rats. Renal adenoma and carcinoma were induced in male mice only at exposures 45 times the maximum clinical dose. These tumors were associated with a spectrum of nonneoplastic changes suggestive of a nongenotoxic, cytotoxic, and cellular proliferation-driven mechanism. In male rats, testicular interstitial cell tumors and hemangiomas of the mesenteric lymph node were observed; both tumors are common in rats and are unlikely to be relevant to humans. These studies demonstrate the nonclinical safety of empagliflozin.
- Serum uric acid and disorders of glucose metabolism: the role of glycosuria. [Journal Article]
- Braz J Med Biol Res 2014 Oct; 47(10):917-23.
Hyperuricemia has been associated with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome. We studied the association between hyperuricemia and glycemic status in a nonrandomized sample of primary care patients. This was a cross-sectional study of adults ≥20 years old who were members of a community-based health care program. Hyperuricemia was defined as a value >7.0 mg/dL for men and >6.0 mg/dL for women. The sample comprised 720 participants including controls (n=257) and patients who were hypertensive and euglycemic (n=118), prediabetic (n=222), or diabetic (n=123). The mean age was 42.4±12.5 years, 45% were male, and 30% were white. The prevalence of hyperuricemia increased from controls (3.9%) to euglycemic hypertension (7.6%) and prediabetic state (14.0%), with values in prediabetic patients being statistically different from controls. Overall, diabetic patients had an 11.4% prevalence of hyperuricemia, which was also statistically different from controls. Of note, diabetic subjects with glycosuria, who represented 24% of the diabetic participants, had a null prevalence of hyperuricemia, and statistically higher values for fractional excretion of uric acid, Na excretion index, and prevalence of microalbuminuria than those without glycosuria. Participants who were prediabetic or diabetic but without glycosuria had a similarly elevated prevalence of hyperuricemia. In contrast, diabetic patients with glycosuria had a null prevalence of hyperuricemia and excreted more uric acid and Na than diabetic subjects without glycosuria. The findings can be explained by enhanced proximal tubule reabsorption early in the course of dysglycemia that decreases with the ensuing glycosuria at the late stage of the disorder.
- Hyperglycemic crisis precipitated by Lassa fever in a patient with previously undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Niger J Clin Pract 2014 September-October; 17(5):658-661.
Hyperglycemic crisis (HC) is an acute complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) that is commonly precipitated by infections and non-compliance with therapy. Viral precipitant of HC is uncommon. To report a rare case of HC unmasked by Lassa fever in a patient previously not known to have diabetes mellitus. A 54 year old lady presented with complaints of generalized body weakness, inability to pass stool, and fever. There was no abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea. There were no features of DM. She is not a known case of diabetes mellitus or hypertension. Patient does not drink alcoholic beverages. There was no history of bleeding from any orifices. She was acutely ill-looking, afebrile, not pale, anicteric, nil pedal oedema. Pulse rate was 110 beats per minute, regular, normal volume. Blood pressure was 110/80 mmHg. Respiratory rate was 26 cycles/minute, breath sound was vesicular. Abdomen was full and moved with respiration. There were no areas of tenderness, no organomegaly, no ascites, and bowel sounds were normoactive. Neurologic examination revealed a conscious patient who was restless. Casual blood glucose was 600mg/dl. Urinalysis: Glycosuria (+++), HbA1c was 12.4%. Lassa PCR done was positive. Patient was managed for hyperglycemic crisis with intravenous normal saline and soluble insulin. She was also commenced on Ribavirin but died of complications of lassa fever. Lassa fever should be included as a precipitant of hyperglycemic crisis in endemic countries.
- Reliability of Reagent Strips for the Measurement of Glucosuria in a Neonatal Intensive Care Setting. [EDITORIAL]
- Pediatr Neonatol 2014 Sep 15.
- Carnosine treatment in combination with ACE inhibition in diabetic rats. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Regul Pept 2014 Sep 16.
In humans, we reported an association of a certain allele of carnosinase gene with reduced carnosinase activity and absence of nephropathy in diabetic patients. CN1 degrades histidine dipeptides such as carnosine and anserine. Further, we and others showed that treatment with carnosine improves renal function and wound healing in diabetic mice and rats. We now investigated the effects of carnosine treatment alone and in combination with ACE inhibition, a clinically established nephroprotective drug in diabetic nephropathy. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected i.v. with streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes. After 4weeks, rats were unilaterally nephrectomized and randomized for 24weeks of treatment with carnosine, lisinopril or both. Renal CN1 protein concentrations were increased under diabetic conditions which correlated with decreased anserine levels. Carnosine treatment normalized CN1 abundance and reduced glucosuria, blood concentrations of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), carboxyl-methyl lysine (CML), N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNac; all p<0.05 vs. non-treated STZ rats), reduced cataract formation (p<0.05) and urinary albumin excretion (p<0.05), preserved podocyte number (p<0.05) and normalized the increased renal tissue CN1 protein concentration. Treatment with lisinopril had no effect on HbA1C, glucosuria, cataract formation and CN1 concentration, but reduced albumin excretion rate more effectively than carnosine treatment (p<0.05). Treatment with both carnosine and lisinopril combined the effects of single treatment, albeit without additive effect on podocyte number or albuminuria. Increased CN1 amount resulted in decreased anserine levels in the kidney. Both carnosine and lisinopril exert distinct beneficial effects in a standard model of diabetic nephropathy. Both drugs administered together combine the respective effects of single treatment, albeit without exerting additive nephroprotection.
- Sodium-glucose cotransport inhibitors: mechanisms, metabolic effects and implications for the treatment of diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease. [REVIEW]
- Nephrol Dial Transplant 2014 Sep 17.
Remarkable progress has been achieved in the field of diabetes with the development of incretin analogues, dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitors and novel insulin analogues; nevertheless, there is an unmet need for additional therapeutic options. Individualization of HbA1c target levels is a recent progress within the field. Approximately 50% of diabetics do not reach a previously aspired treatment goal of glycosylated HbA1 levels below 7% and often face a vicious circle with accelerated weight gain. Current antidiabetic therapeutics mainly target the decline in insulin secretion and ameliorate insulin resistance. In this regard a new generation of drugs, denoted gliflozines, that specifically interfere with sodium-glucose cotransporters (SGLT)-2 and exhibit a favourable impact on glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes are emerging as hopeful avenues. The resultant negative energy balance caused by glucosuria results in long-term weight losses, significantly reduced HbA1c levels approximating 0.5-1.0% and may in addition exert beneficial effects on blood pressure, reactive oxygen products and inflammatory mediators. Recent studies indicate improvement in β-cell glucose sensitivity and insulin sensitivity in patients treated with gliflozines, a decrease in tissue glucose disposal and interestingly an increase in endogenous glucose production. The list of side effects observed under SGLT2 inhibition includes increased rates of genitourinary infections, balanitis, vulvovaginitis, hypotensive episodes and acute deterioration of kidney function. Main questions towards the safety profile are still unanswered given that long-term clinical outcome data with SGLT2 inhibition are lacking and the cardiovascular safety profile is under scrutiny in large trials. Thus, the successful development of selective SGLT2 inhibitors for therapeutic use in diabetics has a huge potential to meet patients' needs. However, it awaits quick results from clinical trials with meaningful clinical endpoints.
- Analysis of the Effect of Canagliflozin on Renal Glucose Reabsorption and Progression of Hyperglycemia in Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2014 Sep 12.
Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) plays a major role in renal glucose reabsorption. To analyze the potential of insulin-independent blood glucose control, the effects of the novel SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin on renal glucose absorption and the progression of hyperglycemia were analyzed in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats. The transporter activity of recombinant human and rat SGLT2 was inhibited by canagliflozin, with 150-12,000-fold selectivity over other glucose transporters. Moreover, in vivo treatment with canagliflozin induced glucosuria in mice, rats, and dogs in a dose-dependent manner. It inhibited apparent glucose reabsorption by 55% in normoglycemic rats and by 94% in hyperglycemic rats. The inhibition of glucose reabsorption markedly reduced hyperglycemia in ZDF rats but did not induce hypoglycemia in normoglycemic animals. The change in urinary glucose excretion should not be used as a marker to predict the glycemic effects of this SGLT2 inhibitor. In ZDF rats, plasma glucose and HbA1c levels progressively increased with age, and pancreatic β-cell failure developed at 13 weeks of age. Treatment with canagliflozin for 8 weeks from the prediabetic stage suppressed the progression of hyperglycemia, prevented the decrease in plasma insulin levels, increased pancreatic insulin contents, and minimized the deterioration of islet structure. These results indicate that selective inhibition of SGLT2 with canagliflozin controls the progression of hyperglycemia by inhibiting renal glucose reabsorption in ZDF rats. In addition, the preservation of β-cell function suggests that canagliflozin treatment reduces glucose toxicity via an insulin-independent mechanism.
- Greater Dose-Ranging Effects on A1C Levels Than on Glucosuria With LX4211, a Dual Inhibitor of Sodium Glucose Transporters SGLT1 and SGLT2, in Type 2 Diabetes on Metformin Monotherapy. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Diabetes Care 2014 Sep 11.
To assess the dose-ranging efficacy and safety of LX4211, a dual inhibitor of sodium glucose cotransporter 1 (SGLT1) and SGLT2, in type 2 diabetes.Type 2 diabetic patients inadequately controlled on metformin were randomly assigned to 75 mg once a day, 200 mg once daily, 200 mg twice daily, or 400 mg once daily of LX4211 or placebo. Primary end point was A1C change from baseline to week 12. Secondary end points included changes in blood pressure (BP) and body weight.Baseline characteristics in 299 patients randomly assigned to LX4211 or placebo in this 12-week dose-ranging study were similar: mean age 55.9 years, A1C 8.1% (65 mmol/mol), BMI 33.1 kg/m(2), and BP 124/79 mmHg. LX4211 significantly reduced A1C to week 12 in a dose-dependent manner by 0.42% (4.6 mmol/mol), 0.52% (5.7 mmol/mol), 0.80% (8.7 mmol/mol), and 0.92% (10.0 mmol/mol), respectively (P < 0.001 each), compared with 0.09% (1.0 mmol/mol) for placebo. Greater A1C reductions were produced by 400 mg once a day than 200 mg once a day LX4211 without higher urinary glucose excretion, suggesting a contribution of SGLT1 inhibition. Significant reductions were seen in body weight (-1.85 kg; P < 0.001) and systolic BP (-5.7 mmHg; P < 0.001), but diastolic BP was unchanged (-1.6; P = 0.164). Adverse events with LX4211 were mild to moderate and similar to placebo, including urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal-related events; genital infections were limited to LX4211 groups (0-5.0%). No hypoglycemia occurred.Dual inhibition of SGLT1/SGLT2 with LX4211 produced significant dose-ranging improvements in glucose control without dose-increasing glucosuria and was associated with reductions in weight and systolic BP in metformin-treated type 2 diabetes.
- A Novel Therapeutic Agent for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: SGLT2 Inhibitor. [Journal Article, Review]
- Diabetes Metab J 2014 Aug; 38(4):261-73.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a complex endocrine and metabolic disorder, and a major public health problem that is rapidly increasing in prevalence. Although a wide range of pharmacotherapies for glycemic control is now available, management of T2DM remains complex and challenging. The kidneys contribute immensely to glucose homeostasis by reabsorbing glucose from the glomerular filtrate. Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, a new class of antidiabetic agents that inhibit glucose absorption from the kidney independent of insulin, offer a unique opportunity to improve the outcomes of patients with T2DM. In this review, we provide an overview of two globally-approved SGLT2 inhibitors, dapagliflozin and canagliflozin, and discuss their effects and safety. This information will help clinicians to decide whether these drugs will benefit their patients.