Michael Mark

Boehringer Ingelheim, Ingelheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Linagliptin is a dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-IV inhibitor approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. DPP-IV inhibitors are considered weight neutral, suggesting that elevation of endogenous incretin levels is not sufficient to promote weight loss per se. Here we evaluated the effect of linagliptin in combination with subcutaneous treatment of GLP-1(7-36) on body weight regulation in diet-induced obese (DIO) rats. Linagliptin administered perorally (1.5mg/kg, b.i.d.), but not subcutaneously (0.5mg/kg, b.i.d.), evoked a very modest body weight loss (2.2%) after 28 days of treatment. GLP-1 (0.5mg/kg, s.c.) treatment alone induced a body weight loss of 4.1%. In contrast, combined linagliptin (1.5mg/kg, p.o., or 0.5mg/kg, s.c.) and GLP-1 (0.5mg/kg) treatment evoked a marked anorectic response with both routes of linagliptin administration being equally effective on final body weight loss (7.5-8.0%). In comparison, liraglutide monotherapy (0.2mg/kg, s.c., b.i.d.) reduced body weight by 10.1%. Interestingly, the weight lowering effect of combined linagliptin and GLP-1 treatment was associated with a marked increase in chow preference, being more pronounced as compared to liraglutide treatment. In addition, linagliptin and GLP-1 co-treatment, but not liraglutide, specifically increased prepro-dynorphin mRNA levels in the caudate-putamen, an effect not obtained with administration of the compounds individually. In conclusion, co-treatment with linagliptin and GLP-1 synergistically reduces body weight in obese rats. The anti-obesity effect was caused by appetite suppression with a concomitant change in diet preference, which may potentially be associated with increased dynorphin activity in forebrain regions involved in reward anticipation and habit learning.
    European journal of pharmacology. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Type 2 diabetes is characterized by impaired β-cell function associated with progressive reduction of insulin secretion and β-cell mass. Evidently, there is an unmet need for treatments with greater sustainability in β-cell protection and anti-diabetic efficacy. Through an insulin and β-cell independent mechanism, empagliflozin, a specific sodium glucose co-transporter type-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitor, may potentially provide longer efficacy. This study compared the anti-diabetic durability of empagliflozin treatment (10 mg/kg, p.o.) against glibenclamide (3 mg/kg, p.o.) and liraglutide (0.2 mg/kg, s.c.) on deficient glucose homeostasis and β-cell function in Zucker diabetic Fatty (ZDF) rats. Empagliflozin and liraglutide led to marked improvements in fed glucose and HbA1c levels, as well as impeding a progressive decline in insulin levels. In contrast, glibenclamide was ineffective. Whereas the effects of liraglutide were less pronounced at week 8 of treatment compared to week 4, those of empagliflozin remained stable throughout the study period. Similarly, empagliflozin improved glucose tolerance and preserved insulin secretion after both 4 and 8 weeks of treatment. These effects were reflected by a less reduction in β-cell mass with empagliflozin or liraglutide at week 4, while only empagliflozin showed β-cell sparing effects at week 8. While this study cannot be used to dissociate the absolute anti-diabetic efficacy among those different mechanisms of action, the study demonstrates that empagliflozin exerts a more sustained improvement of glucose homeostasis and β-cell protection ZDF rats. In comparison to other type 2 diabetic treatments, SGLT-2 inhibitors may through insulin-independent pathways thus enhance durability of β-cell protection and anti-diabetic efficacy.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 07/2014; · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Additive glycaemic control of combination of a single dose of empagliflozin with injectable anti-diabetes drugs in ZDF rat. Ebrahim K Naderali, Leo Thomas, Rolf Grempler, Michael Mark, Eric Mayoux Arash Tahbaz Aims: Here we have investigated anti-glycaemic effects of empagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor, in combination currently available injectable anti-diabetes agents such as insulin or GLP-1 analogue. Materials and methods: Male Zucker Diabetic Fatty (ZDF) rats with an age of 12-14 weeks, fasted overnight, were exposed to oral glucose load (oGTT) 15-45min after single oral dose of empagliflozin (3 mg kg -1) or s.c. injections of insulin (0.5U kg-1) or exendin-4 (0.01 mg kg -1) of each monotherapy or the respective combination. The area under a blood glucose-time curve (AUC) from 0 to 120 min was calculated by the trapezoidal rule without correction for baseline values. % AUC reduction from vehicle group were calculated and two-sided unpaired Student’s t tests was conducted between control and treated groups. Results: The combination of empagliflozin with insulin reduced the AUC vs control by 54% (p<0.01) and this reduction was significantly greater than those of empagliflozin monotherapy (31%, p<0.001) or insulin monotherapy (35%, p<0.05). Furthermore, the combination of empagliflozin with exendin-4 reduced the AUC by 51%, which was significantly (p<0.01 for both) greater than the effect achieved by each monotherapy (35% with empagliflozin and 25% with exendin-4). Summary: These data indicates that addition of empagliflozin to GLP1- agonist or insulin resulted in a greater improvement in glucose tolerance in ZDF rats compared to each individual monotherapy.
    DUK 2014, Liverpool; 03/2014
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    ABSTRACT: The present study assessed the potential of the sodium glucose-linked transporter (SGLT)-2 inhibitor empagliflozin to decrease body weight when administered alone or in combination with the clinically effective weight-loss agents orlistat and sibutramine in obese rats fed a cafeteria diet. Female Wistar rats were exposed to a cafeteria diet to induce obesity. Empagliflozin was dosed once daily (10, 30, and 60 mg/kg) for 28 days. Combination studies were subsequently performed using a submaximal empagliflozin dose (10 mg/kg) with either sibutramine or orlistat. Body weight, food, and water intake were recorded daily. The effect of drug treatment on glucose tolerance, relevant plasma parameters, and carcass composition was determined. Empagliflozin dose-dependently reduced body weight, plasma leptin, and body fat though increased urinary glucose excretion. The combination of empagliflozin and orlistat significantly reduced body weight compared to animals treated with either drug alone, and significantly improved glucose tolerance, plasma insulin, and leptin compared to vehicle-treated controls. The effect of sibutramine to improve glycemic control in an oral glucose-tolerance test was also significantly increased, with empagliflozin and combination treatment leading to a reduction in carcass fat greater than that observed with either drug alone. These data demonstrate that empagliflozin reduces body weight in cafeteria-fed obese rats. In combination studies, empagliflozin further improved the body-weight or body-fat loss of animals in comparison to orlistat or sibutramine alone. Such studies may indicate improved strategies for the treatment of obese patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
    Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy 01/2014; 7:265-75.
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, linagliptin, alone and in combination with voglibose or exendin-4, on glycaemic control and body weight were assessed in an animal model of type 2 diabetes. Voglibose is a α-glucosidase inhibitor but also increases glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). Exendin-4 is a GLP-1 receptor agonist. Male Zucker Diabetic Fatty (ZDF) rats were dosed for 3 days, fasted overnight and a sucrose/glucose tolerance test was performed. Linagliptin (1 mg/kg po) improved glucose tolerance by increasing plasma GLP-1 (active) and insulin secretion, whilst having no effect on body weight. Voglibose (1 and 10 mg/kg po) reduced body weight, improved glycaemic control, reduced plasma insulin and increased total but not active GLP-1. The combination of linagliptin and voglibose significantly reduced body weight, improved glycaemic control and reduced plasma insulin compared to linagliptin alone. Furthermore, linagliptin plus voglibose produced a marked increase in GLP-1 (active) at 5 min post-sucrose, compared to linagliptin, possibly because linagliptin prevented the degradation of GLP-1 secreted in response to voglibose. Exendin-4 (10 μg/kg sc) significantly reduced body weight, improved glucose tolerance but reduced GLP-1 (active). The combination of linagliptin and exendin-4 significantly reduced body weight and improved glycaemic control but had no effect on plasma GLP-1. Overall it did not markedly improve glycaemic control compared to the individual drugs. The improved glucose control, reduced body weight and markedly increased plasma GLP-1 levels in animals given linagliptin with voglibose, suggests that this combination may be particularly beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
    European journal of pharmacology 01/2014; · 2.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a primary cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors are established therapies for type 2 diabetes and although DPP-4 inhibitors can reduce hepatic steatosis, their impact on local inflammation and fibrosis in NASH remains unknown. Using two different experimental treatment regimens (4- and 2-week treatments) in streptozotocin-treated neonatal mice on a high-fat diet, we show that the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin (10 and 30 mg/kg) significantly attenuated the NAS score from 4.9 ± 0.6 to 3.7 ± 0.4 and 3.6 ± 0.3, respectively, in the 4-week study. In the 2-week study, linagliptin 10 mg/kg significantly reduced NAS score from 4.1 ± 0.4 to 2.4 ± 0.4. Telmisartan was used as a positive control in both studies and lowered NAS score to 1.9 ± 0.7 and 1.4 ± 0.3, respectively. Due to streptozotocin treatment, elevated glucose levels were unchanged by either drug treatment. Further, linagliptin 10 mg/kg significantly reduced mRNA levels of SOCS-3 (from 1.68 ± 0.2 to 0.83 ± 0.08), IFN-γ (from 4.0 ± 0.5 to 2.3 ± 0.3), and TNF-α (from 5.7 ± 0.5 to 2.13 ± 0.3). The latter observation was confirmed by immunohistochemistry of TNF-α in liver specimens. In addition, using microautoradiography, we showed that the distribution of radiolabeled linagliptin was heterogeneous with the highest density associated with interlobular bile ducts and portal tracts (acini). In conclusion, these studies confirm that linagliptin has high exposure in hepatic tissue and has both anti-inflammatory and anti-steatotic activity in NASH.
    Medical Molecular Morphology 09/2013; · 1.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies have led to the identification of numerous susceptibility genes for Type 2 Diabetes. Among them is CDKAL1, which is associated with reduced β-cell function and insulin release. Recently, CDKAL1 has been shown to be a methylthiotransferase that modifies tRNA-Lys to enhance translational fidelity of transcripts, including the one encoding proinsulin. Here we report that out of several CDKAL1 isoforms deposited in public databases, only isoform 1, which migrates as a 61 kDa protein by SDS-PAGE, is expressed in human islets and pancreatic insulinoma INS-1 and MIN6 cells. We show that CDKAL1 is a novel member of the tail-anchored protein family and exploits the TCR40/Get3 assisted pathway for insertion of its C-terminal transmembrane domain into the endoplasmic reticulum. Using EndoH and PNGase F sensitivity assays on CDKAL1 constructs carrying a N-glycosylation site within the luminal domain, we further established that CDKAL1 is an ER-resident protein. Moreover, we observed that silencing CDKAL1 in INS-1 cells reduces the expression of secretory granule proteins proChromogranin A and proICA512/ ICA512-TMF, in addition to proinsulin and insulin. This correlated with reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Taken together, our findings provide new insight into the role of CDKAL1 in insulin-producing cells, and help to understand its involvement in the pathogenesis of diabetes.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2012; · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent data indicate that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitors have anti-inflammatory and β-cell-sparing effects in animal models of type 1 diabetes. To evaluate the effects of the DPP4 inhibitor linagliptin on β-cell mass and insulinitis, we examined the progression of diabetes (blood glucose >11  mmol/l) in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice with terminal stereological assessment of cellular pancreatic changes. Female NOD mice were fed a normal chow diet or a diet containing linagliptin 0.083  g/kg chow for 60 days. At study end, the incidence of diabetes in linagliptin-treated mice was reduced by almost 50% compared with vehicle (10 of 31 mice vs 18 of 30 mice, P=0.021). The total islet mass and total β-cell mass, identified by insulin immunoreactivity, were greater in non-diabetic linagliptin-treated mice compared with non-diabetic vehicle-treated mice (P<0.01 for both) but were greatly reduced in diabetic mice irrespective of treatment. No changes were seen in the α, δ and γ endocrine cell pool. Moreover, the total mass of lymphocyte insulinitis was significantly reduced in linagliptin-treated mice compared with vehicle. The data indicate that linagliptin treatment delays the onset of diabetes in NOD mice by protecting β-cell mass.
    Journal of Endocrinology 07/2012; 214(3):381-7. · 4.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of linagliptin on fat content in diet-induced obese rats were compared with those of the appetite suppressant sibutramine. Female Wistar rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 3 months received vehicle, linagliptin (10 mg/kg) or sibutramine (5 mg/kg) treatment orally, once daily for 6 additional weeks, while continuing the HFD. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy analysis of fat content was performed at baseline and at the end of the 6-week treatment period. Linagliptin treatment profoundly reduced hepatic fat compared with vehicle, with an effect comparable to that of sibutramine. The vehicle-corrected mean change (95% CI) from baseline in hepatic fat and intramyocellular lipid was -59.0% (-104.3%, -13.6%; p = 0.015) and -62.1% (-131.6%, 7.4%; p = 0.073), respectively, for linagliptin compared with -54.3% (-101.5%, -7.1%; p = 0.027) and -72.4% (-142.4%, -2.4%; p = 0.044), respectively, for sibutramine.
    Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 05/2012; 14(11):1050-3. · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, new and effective therapeutic agents for blood glucose control have been added to standard diabetes therapies: dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, which prolong the bioavailability of the endogenously secreted incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Full-thickness excisional wounding was performed in wild-type (C57BL/6J) and diabetic [C57BL/6J-obese/obese (ob/ob)] mice. DPP-4 activity was inhibited by oral administration of linagliptin during healing. Wound tissue was analyzed by using histological, molecular, and biochemical techniques. In healthy mice, DPP-4 was constitutively expressed in the keratinocytes of nonwounded skin. After skin injury, DPP-4 expression declined and was lowest during the most active phase of tissue reassembly. In contrast, in ob/ob mice, we observed increasing levels of DPP-4 at late time points, when delayed tissue repair still occurs. Oral administration of the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin strongly reduced DPP-4 activity, stabilized active GLP-1 in chronic wounds, and improved healing in ob/ob mice. At day 10 postwounding, linagliptin-treated ob/ob mice showed largely epithelialized wounds characterized by the absence of neutrophils. In addition, DPP-4 inhibition reduced the expression of the proinflammatory markers cyclooxygenase-2 and macrophage inflammatory protein-2, but enhanced the formation of myofibroblasts in healing wounds from ob/ob mice. Our data suggest a potentially beneficial role of DPP-4 inhibition in diabetes-affected wound healing.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 04/2012; 342(1):71-80. · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) is key to reabsorption of glucose in the kidney. SGLT-2 inhibitors are in clinical development for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The mechanism may be of value also in the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). This study investigated effects of the SGLT-2 inhibitor, empagliflozin, alone and in combination with insulin, on glucose homeostasis in an animal model of T1DM. Sprague-Dawley rats were administered a single intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ; 60 mg/kg). Acutely, STZ rats received two doses of insulin glargine with or without empagliflozin, and blood glucose was measured. In a subchronic study, STZ rats received empagliflozin alone, one or two insulin-releasing implants or a combination of one implant and empagliflozin over 28 days; blood glucose and HbA(1c) were measured. In the acute setting, empagliflozin in combination with 1.5 IU insulin induced a similar glucose-lowering effect as 6 IU insulin. Both interventions were more efficacious than monotherapy with 1.5 IU insulin. In the subchronic study, 12-h blood glucose profile on day 28 in the combination group was lower than with one implant, and similar to two implants. Plasma HbA(1c) was improved in the combination group and in animals with two implants. Empagliflozin reduced blood glucose levels in a T1DM animal model. Empagliflozin combined with low-dose insulin showed comparable glucose-lowering efficacy to treatment with high-dose insulin. Our data suggest that empagliflozin is an efficacious adjunctive-to-insulin therapy with the clinical potential for the treatment of T1DM.
    Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 01/2012; 14(7):601-7. · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibition is reported to have beneficial effects on myocardial ischemia. Mechanisms might include a reduced degradation of stromal cell-derived factor-1 alpha with subsequent increased recruitment of circulating stem cells and/or incretin receptor-dependent pathways. This study evaluated the novel xanthine-based dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitors linagliptin (BI 1356) and BI 14361 in cardiac ischemia. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were pretreated with linagliptin or BI 14361 and subjected to ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery for 30min. RESULTS: Dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibition significantly reduced the infarct size after 7days (-27.7%, p<0.05) and 8weeks (-18.0%, p<0.05). There was a significantly improved maximum rate of left ventricular pressure decline (dP/dt min) in linagliptin-treated animals 8weeks after ischemia/reperfusion. Apart from that, treatment did not improve cardiac function as determined by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. Immunohistological staining revealed an increased number of cells positive for stromal cell-derived factor-1 alpha, CXCR-4 and CD34 within and around the infarcted area of BI 14361-treated animals. CONCLUSIONS: Linagliptin and BI 14361 are able to reduce infarct size after myocardial ischemia. The immunohistological findings support the hypothesis that dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibition via reduced cleavage of stromal cell-derived factor-1 alpha might lead to an enhanced recruitment of CXCR-4+ circulating progenitor cells.
    International journal of cardiology 01/2012; · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Empagliflozin is a potent, selective sodium glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor that is in development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This series of studies was conducted to assess the in vivo pharmacological effects of single or multiple doses of empagliflozin in Zucker diabetic fatty rats. Single doses of empagliflozin resulted in dose-dependent increases in urinary glucose excretion and reductions in blood glucose levels. After multiple doses (5 weeks), fasting blood glucose levels were reduced by 26 and 39% with 1 and 3 mg/kg empagliflozin, respectively, relative to vehicle. After 5 weeks, HbA1c levels were reduced (from a baseline of 7.9%) by 0.3 and 1.1% with 1 and 3 mg/kg empagliflozin, respectively, versus an increase of 1.1% with vehicle. Hyperinsulinaemic-euglycaemic clamp indicated improved insulin sensitivity with empagliflozin after multiple doses versus vehicle. These findings support the development of empagliflozin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
    Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 01/2012; 14(1):94-6. · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Linagliptin (TRADJENTA™) is a selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor. DPP-4 inhibition attenuates insulin resistance and improves peripheral glucose utilization in humans. However, the effects of chronic DPP-4 inhibition on insulin sensitivity are not known. The effects of long-term treatment (3-4 weeks) with 3 mg/kg/day or 30 mg/kg/day linagliptin on insulin sensitivity and liver fat content were determined in diet-induced obese C57BL/6 mice. Chow-fed animals served as controls. DPP-4 activity was significantly inhibited (67-89%) by linagliptin (P<0.001). Following an oral glucose tolerance test, blood glucose concentrations (measured as area under the curve) were significantly suppressed after treatment with 3 mg/kg/day (-16.5% to -20.3%; P<0.01) or 30 mg/kg/day (-14.5% to -26.4%; P<0.05) linagliptin (both P<0.01). Liver fat content was significantly reduced by linagliptin in a dose-dependent manner (both doses P<0.001). Diet-induced obese mice treated for 4 weeks with 3 mg/kg/day or 30 mg/kg/day linagliptin had significantly improved glycated hemoglobin compared with vehicle (both P<0.001). Significant dose-dependent improvements in glucose disposal rates were observed during the steady state of the euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp: 27.3 mg/kg/minute and 32.2 mg/kg/minute in the 3 mg/kg/day and 30 mg/kg/day linagliptin groups, respectively; compared with 20.9 mg/kg/minute with vehicle (P<0.001). Hepatic glucose production was significantly suppressed during the clamp: 4.7 mg/kg/minute and 2.1 mg/kg/minute in the 3 mg/kg/day and 30 mg/kg/day linagliptin groups, respectively; compared with 12.5 mg/kg/minute with vehicle (P<0.001). In addition, 30 mg/kg/day linagliptin treatment resulted in a significantly reduced number of macrophages infiltrating adipose tissue (P<0.05). Linagliptin treatment also decreased liver expression of PTP1B, SOCS3, SREBP1c, SCD-1 and FAS (P<0.05). Other tissues like muscle, heart and kidney were not significantly affected by the insulin sensitizing effect of linagliptin. Long-term linagliptin treatment reduced liver fat content in animals with diet-induced hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance, and may account for improved insulin sensitivity.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(6):e38744. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Empagliflozin is a selective sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitor in clinical development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. This study assessed pharmacological properties of empagliflozin in vitro and pharmacokinetic properties in vivo and compared its potency and selectivity with other SGLT-2 inhibitors. [(14)C]-alpha-methyl glucopyranoside (AMG) uptake experiments were performed with stable cell lines over-expressing human (h) SGLT-1, 2 and 4. Two new cell lines over-expressing hSGLT-5 and hSGLT-6 were established and [(14)C]-mannose and [(14)C]-myo-inositol uptake assays developed. Binding kinetics were analysed using a radioligand binding assay with [(3)H]-labelled empagliflozin and HEK293-hSGLT-2 cell membranes. Acute in vivo assessment of pharmacokinetics was performed with normoglycaemic beagle dogs and Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats. Empagliflozin has an IC(50) of 3.1 nM for hSGLT-2. Its binding to SGLT-2 is competitive with glucose (half-life approximately 1 h). Compared with other SGLT-2 inhibitors, empagliflozin has a high degree of selectivity over SGLT-1, 4, 5 and 6. Species differences in SGLT-1 selectivity were identified. Empagliflozin pharmacokinetics in ZDF rats were characterised by moderate total plasma clearance (CL) and bioavailability (BA), while in beagle dogs CL was low and BA was high. Empagliflozin is a potent and competitive SGLT-2 inhibitor with an excellent selectivity profile and the highest selectivity window of the tested SGLT-2 inhibitors over hSGLT-1. Empagliflozin represents an innovative therapeutic approach to treat diabetes.
    Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 01/2012; 14(1):83-90. · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    Clinical laboratory 01/2012; 58(7-8):787-799. · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sodium glucose cotransporters (SGLT) actively catalyse carbohydrate transport across cellular membranes. Six of the 12 known SGLT family members have the capacity to bind and/or transport monosaccharides (SGLT-1 to 6); of these, all but SGLT-5 have been characterised. Here we demonstrate that human SGLT-5 is exclusively expressed in the kidney. Four splice variants were detected and the most abundant SGLT-5-mRNA was functionally characterised. SGLT-5 mediates sodium-dependent [(14)C]-α-methyl-D-glucose (AMG) transport that can be inhibited by mannose, fructose, glucose, and galactose. Uptake studies using demonstrated high capacity transport for mannose and fructose and, to a lesser extent, glucose, AMG, and galactose. SGLT-5 mediated mannose, fructose and AMG transport was weakly (μM potency) inhibited by SGLT-2 inhibitors. In summary, we have characterised SGLT-5 as a kidney mannose transporter. Further studies are warranted to explore the physiological role of SGLT-5.
    FEBS letters 12/2011; 586(3):248-53. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an umbrella term for a series of hepatic pathologies that begin with relatively benign steatosis and can, with appropriate triggers, lead to the serious entity of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This sets the stage for liver fibrosis and finally the development of cirrhosis in up to 20% of patients with NASH. NAFLD, already among the most common diseases in industrialized countries, is increasing in prevalence and roughly affects 30% of US adults and 10% of US children alone. NAFLD is strongly associated with insulin resistance (IR) and represents the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome. Indeed, treatments aimed at reducing IR are the current mainstay of therapeutic approaches to NAFLD. While lifestyle interventions may produce limited degrees of success, there remains an urgent need for improved pharmacological therapies. Emerging diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities as well as future developments in NAFLD, NASH and liver fibrosis were discussed by a panel of experts and are presented herein. Promising novel therapeutic targets include inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 and the renin-angiotensin system. However, improved non-invasive technologies to diagnose and stage NAFLD are needed. Combined with a better understanding of the pathophysiological processes that underlie the mechanisms of hepatic fibrogenesis in NASH, rapid clinical validation of novel therapies is expected.
    Liver international: official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver 07/2010; 30(6):795-808. · 3.87 Impact Factor
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