Glucokinase Activators AZD6370 and AZD1656 Do Not Affect the Central Counterregulatory Response to Hypoglycemia in Healthy Males
2012 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN 0021-972X, E-ISSN 1945-7197, Vol. 97, no 9, 3319-3325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Context: Glucokinase is expressed in the hypothalamus, but effects of glucokinase activators (GKAs) on counterregulatory responses to hypoglycemia are unknown. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanObjective: Two separate studies assessed the counterregulatory hormone responses to hypoglycemia induced by the GKAs, AZD6370 and AZD1656, compared with insulin infusion. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanDesign and Setting: Both studies were randomized, open, two-way crossover studies, conducted in separate clinical research centers. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanParticipants: Both studies involved 12 healthy adult male volunteers. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanInterventions: Each subject received two treatments in randomized order, separated by a washout. In the AZD6370 study, overnight-fasted subjects received either a single oral AZD6370 dose (300 mg) or insulin infusion (0.8 mU/kg . min). In the AZD1656 study, overnight-fasted subjects received either a single oral dose of AZD1656 (80 mg) plus supporting insulin (1 mU/kg . min) or insulin alone (1 mU/kg . min). Insulin was added to support AZD1656 because AZD1656 alone did not produce the desired hypoglycemia. Plasma glucose was lowered during a stepwise hypoglycemic clamp with a glycemic nadir of 2.7 mmol/liter for 30 min. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMain Outcome Measures: Epinephrine, norepinephrine, GH, cortisol, and glucagon plasma levels were assessed. Results: No safety issues were raised. AZD6370 and AZD1656 had no effect on counterregulatory responses for norepinephrine, GH, or cortisol, but epinephrine increased slightly with AZD1656. Glucagon responses were reduced by approximately 30% with both GKAs vs. insulin. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: These data suggest the central nervous system-mediated counterregulatory response during GKA-induced hypoglycemia was preserved, whereas the glucagon response was attenuated; the latter was possibly mediated by a local pancreatic effect (intraislet hyperinsulinemia) rather than by impairment of the central nervous system-mediated response.
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Endocrine Society , 2012. Vol. 97, no 9, 3319-3325 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84742DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-1496ISI: 000308692900072OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84742DiVA: diva2:561493