Aim: To evaluate the change in insulin sensitivity, β-cell function and glucose absorption after 28 days of treatment with high and low doses of SAR425899, a novel dual glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor/glucagon receptor agonist, versus placebo.
Materials and methods: Thirty-six overweight to obese subjects with type 2 diabetes were randomized to receive daily subcutaneous administrations of low-dose SAR425899 (0.03, 0.06 and 0.09 mg) and high-dose SAR425899 (0.06, 0.12 and 0.18 mg) or placebo for 28 days; dose escalation occurred after days 7 and 14. Mixed meal tolerance tests were conducted before treatment (day -1) and on days 1 and 28. Oral glucose and C-peptide minimal models were used to quantify metabolic indices of insulin sensitivity, β-cell responsiveness and glucose absorption.
Results: With low-dose SAR425899, high-dose SAR425899 and placebo, β-cell function from day -1 to day 28 increased by 163%, 95% and 23%, respectively. The change in area under the curve for the rate of meal glucose appearance between 0 and 120 minutes was -32%, -20% and 8%, respectively.
Conclusions: After 28 days of treatment, SAR425899 improved postprandial glucose control by significantly enhancing β-cell function and slowing glucose absorption rate.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02411825.
Keywords: beta-cell function; disposition index; dual agonist; glucagon; glucagon-like peptide 1; insulin sensitivity; oral minimal model.
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