Intraperitoneal insulin delivery to patients with type 1 diabetes results in higher serum IGF-I bioactivity than continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Clinical Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 3.46). 07/2013; 81(1). DOI: 10.1111/cen.12296
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Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with low IGF-I and altered levels of IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) in plasma. This may be of importance for insulin sensitivity and the risk of developing diabetic complications. We hypothesized that IGF-I-bioactivity is affected by the route of insulin administration and that intraperitoneal insulin infusion (CIPII) has a more pronounced effect than subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII).
We compared 10 patients with T1D on CIPII to 20 age-and sex matched patients on CSII. Blood sampling was done 7 to 9 am after an overnight fast. All patients were C-peptide negative. IGF-I bioactivity was measured in vitro using a specific IGF-I kinase receptor activation (KIRA) assay. IGF-I was also measured by immunoassay together with IGF-II, IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-2.
When compared to subcutaneous insulin, intraperitoneal insulin resulted in (CIPII vs. CSII) higher IGF-I bioactivity (1.83±0.76 vs. 1.16±0.24 μg/l; p=0.02), IGF-I (120±35 vs. 81±19 μg/l; p=0.01), and IGF-II (1050±136 vs. 879±110 μg/l; p=0.02). By contrast, log transformed IGFBP-1 was reduced (p=0.013), whereas log transformed IGFBP-2 was not different (p=0.12). There was a positive correlation between IGF-bioactivity and IGF-I (r=0.69; p<0.001) and an inverse correlation between IGF-bioactivity and lnBP-1 (r=-0.68, p<0.001).
The in vitro IGF-I bioactivity was higher in patients treated CIPII compared to CSII supporting the theory that the route of insulin administration is of importance for the activity of the IGF-system. Intraperitoneal insulin administration may therefore be beneficial by correcting the alterations of the IGF-system in T1D. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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