Novel glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog (Val(8))GLP-1 results in significant improvements of glucose tolerance and pancreatic beta-cell function after 3-week daily administration in obese diabetic (ob/ob) mice

Brian D Green, Kerry S Lavery, Nigel Irwin, Finbarr O'Harte, Patrick Harriott, Brett Greer, Clifford J Bailey, Peter Flatt

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Abstract

This study evaluates the antidiabetic potential of an enzymeresistant analog, (Val(8))GLP-1. The effects of daily administration of a novel dipeptidyl peptidase IV-resistant glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog, (Val(8))GLP-1, on glucose tolerance and pancreatic beta-cell function were examined in obese-diabetic (ob/ob) mice. Acute intraperitoneal administration of (Val(8))GLP-1 (6.25-25 nmol/kg) with glucose increased the insulin response and reduced the glycemic excursion in a dose-dependent manner. The effects of (Val(8))GLP-1 were greater and longer lasting than native GLP-1. Once-daily subcutaneous administration of (Val(8))GLP-1 (25 nmol/kg) for 21 days reduced plasma glucose concentrations, increased plasma insulin, and reduced body weight more than native GLP-1 without a significant change in daily food intake. Furthermore, (Val(8))GLP-1 improved glucose tolerance, reduced the glycemic excursion after feeding, increased the plasma insulin response to glucose and feeding, and improved insulin sensitivity. These effects were consistently greater with (Val(8))GLP-1 than with native GLP-1, and both peptides retained or increased their acute efficacy compared with initial administration. (Val(8))GLP-1 treatment increased average islet area 1.2-fold without changing the number of islets, resulting in an increased number of larger islets. These data demonstrate that (Val(8))GLP-1 is more effective and longer acting than native GLP-1 in obese-diabetic ob/ob mice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-921
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume318
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

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