Day-long subcutaneous infusion of exenatide lowers glycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes

Horm Metab Res. 2005 Oct;37(10):627-32. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-870529.


Exenatide (exendin-4) is an incretin mimetic with potential antidiabetic activity. This study examined the effects of a continuous subcutaneous (SC) infusion of exenatide (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, or 0.8 microg/kg/day) or placebo (PBO) on glycemic control over 23 h intervals. Twelve subjects with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin and/or diet received 10 infusions (4 exenatide, 6 PBO) on consecutive days. Exenatide was given in a dose-increasing design with at least one placebo infusion between each exenatide infusion, and with meals and a snack provided during the first 14 h of infusion. Plasma exenatide concentrations were dose-proportional. Plasma glucose (4-23 h) was lower in all exenatide arms compared to placebo (p<0.0001). The change in insulin/glucagon ratio and amylin concentrations from pre-infusion to post-infusion was increased (p<0.005, p<0.05, respectively) in the combined exenatide arms, but remained unchanged in the placebo groups. Nausea and vomiting were the most common treatment emergent adverse events. Exenatide infusion also appeared to have positive effects on beta-cell and alpha-cell function as measured by proinsulin/insulin ratios and mean glucagon concentrations. In summary, exenatide lowered plasma glucose during both prandial and fasting states when delivered as a continuous SC infusion over twenty-three hours, suggesting that exenatide can provide day-long glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amyloid / blood
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Exenatide
  • Female
  • Glucagon / blood
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / pharmacology
  • Infusions, Parenteral
  • Insulin / blood
  • Islet Amyloid Polypeptide
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptides / administration & dosage*
  • Peptides / pharmacokinetics
  • Peptides / pharmacology
  • Proinsulin / blood
  • Venoms / administration & dosage*
  • Venoms / pharmacokinetics
  • Venoms / pharmacology


  • Amyloid
  • Blood Glucose
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Islet Amyloid Polypeptide
  • Peptides
  • Venoms
  • Glucagon
  • Proinsulin
  • Exenatide