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Experimental Diabesity Research
Volume 4 (2003), Issue 2, Pages 93-105

Valine Pyrrolidide Preserves Intact Glucose-Dependent Insulinotropic Peptide and Improves Abnormal Glucose Tolerance in Minipigs With Reduced β-Cell Mass

1Department of Pharmacological Research I, Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark
2Department of Pharmacology and Pathobiology, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark
3Department of Assay and Cell Technology, Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark
4Department of Medical Physiology, The Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
5Department of Histology, Novo Nordisk A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark
6Department of Pharmacological Research I, Pharmacology, Research and Development, Novo Allé, 1Q1.28, Bagsvaerd DK-2880, Denmark

Received 14 November 2002; Accepted 16 March 2003

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The incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) are important in blood glucose regulation.However, both incretin hormones are rapidly degraded by the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV). The concept of DPPIV inhibition as a treatment for type 2 diabetes was evaluated in a new large animal model of insulin-deficient diabetes and reduced β-cell mass, the nicotinamide (NIA) (67 mg/kg) and streptozotocin (STZ) (125 mg/kg)–treated minipig, using the DPPIV inhibitor, valine pyrrolidide (VP) (50 mg/kg).VP did not significantly affect levels of intact GLP-1 but increased levels of intact GIP (from 4543 ± 1880 to 9208 ± 3267 pM × min; P<.01), thus improving glucose tolerance (area under the curve [AUC] for glucose reduced from 1904 ± 480 to 1582 ± 353 mM × min;P = .05).VP did not increase insulin levels during the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) but increased the insulinogenic index in normal animals (from 83 ± 42 to 192 ± 108; P < .05), but not after NIA + STZ, possibly because of less residual insulin secretory capacity in these animals. GIP seems to contribute to the antihyperglycemic effect of VP in this model; however, additional mechanisms for the effect of DPPIV inhibition cannot be excluded. The authors conclude that DPPIV inhibitors may be useful to treat type 2 diabetes, even when this is due to reduced β-cell mass.