D-Trp8-D-Cys14-somatostatin--demonstration of its differential suppressive activity in juvenile diabetics.Horm Metab Res Suppl. 1979HM
In 8 insulin-dependent diabetics, the effect of D-Trp8-D-Cys14-somatostatin on blood glucose, growth hormone, and glucagon levels as well as on insulin requirements from an artificial endocrine pancreas was studied during a balanced meal. The somatostatin analogue was infused at a rate of 25 microgram/h preceeded by a bolus injection of 25 microgram 30 minutes before ingestion of the meal. At this dose the analogue had no effect on glucagon levels and insulin requirements from the artificial pancreas. On the other hand, there was a significant lowering effect on fasting blood glucose levels, possibly indicating a direct inhibition of hepatic glucose production. Furthermore, there might be a slight effect on growth hormone levels, as was demonstrated by a rebound increase after termination of analogue infusion.