Efficacy and safety of intranasal peptide YY3-36 for weight reduction in obese adults

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 May;92(5):1754-7. doi: 10.1210/jc.2006-1806. Epub 2007 Mar 6.


Context: The gastrointestinal peptide hormone, peptide YY(3-36) (PYY(3-36)), is implicated to be a postprandial satiety factor.

Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of intranasal PYY(3-36) to induce weight loss in obese patients.

Design: The study was designed as a randomized, 2-wk, single-blind placebo run-in followed by a 12-wk double-blind, placebo-controlled treatment period.

Setting: The study was set within a private and institutional practice.

Patients: A total of 133 obese patients (body mass index, 30-43 kg/m(2); age, 18-65 yr) participated in the study.

Intervention: Placebo or 200- or 600-microg PYY(3-36) was administered as an intranasal spray 20 min before breakfast, lunch, and dinner in conjunction with a hypocaloric diet and exercise.

Main outcome measure: Body weight was the main outcome measure.

Results: The number of patients completing 12 wk on the drug was 38 of 43 (88%), 31 of 44 (70%), and 12 of 46 (26%) for placebo, 200 microg three times a day (t.i.d.) and 600 microg t.i.d., respectively. In the 600 microg t.i.d. group, 27 of 46 (59%) patients discontinued due to nausea and vomiting. Among all randomized patients who took at least one drug dose and had a postbaseline measurement, the mean body weight change from baseline was -2.8, -3.7, and -1.4 kg for placebo, 200 and 600 microg, respectively. The least squares mean difference (95% confidence interval) between placebo and 200 microg was -0.9 (-2.6, 0.7) kg (P = 0.251). A difference of 2.11 kg was sought. No meaningful inference can be drawn from the few patients who completed the study on 600 microg.

Conclusions: Intranasal PYY(3-36) as administered at these intervention doses and preprandial timing is not efficacious in inducing weight loss in obese patients after 12 wk of treatment.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Intranasal
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diet, Reducing
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Peptide YY / administration & dosage
  • Peptide YY / adverse effects
  • Peptide YY / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss / drug effects


  • Peptide Fragments
  • Peptide YY
  • peptide YY (3-36)