Selective Inhibition of 11beta-Hydroxysteroiddehydrogenase-1 with BI 187004 in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Overweight or Obesity: Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics After Multiple Dosing Over 14 Days

Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2022 Dec;130(12):773-782. doi: 10.1055/a-1932-3136. Epub 2022 Nov 7.


Objective: To assess safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of treatment with the selective 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-1 (11beta-HSD1) inhibitor BI 187004 in male and female patients with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity.

Methods: Randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled multiple rising dose study, with 10-360 mg BI 187004 once daily over 14 days in 71 patients. Assessments included 11beta-HSD1 inhibition in the liver and subcutaneous adipose tissue ex vivo (clinical trial registry number NCT01874483).

Results: BI 187004 was well tolerated and safe in all tested dose groups. The incidence of drug-related adverse events was 51.8% (n=29) for BI 187004 and 35.7% (n=5) for placebo. There were no clinically relevant deviations in laboratory or electrocardiogram parameters besides one patient on 360 mg discontinuing treatment due to moderate supraventricular tachycardia.BI 187004 was rapidly absorbed within 2 h; exposure increased non-proportionally. The oral clearance was low, apparent volume of distribution was moderate to large, and terminal half-life with 106-124 h was rather long. Urinary tetrahydrocortisol/tetrahydrocortisone ratio decreased, indicating liver 11beta-HSD1 inhibition. Median inhibition of 11beta-HSD1 in subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies was 87.9-99.4% immediately after the second dose and 73.8-97.5% 24 h after the last dose of BI 187004.

Conclusions: BI 187004 was safe and well tolerated over 14 days and could be dosed once daily. Targeted 11beta-HSD1 enzyme inhibition of≥80% could be shown for BI 187004 doses≥40 mg. This dose should be targeted in further studies to test blood glucose lowering in patients with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • 11-beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / drug therapy
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / chemically induced
  • Obesity / drug therapy
  • Overweight / drug therapy
  • Subcutaneous Fat


  • 11-beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1
  • Enzyme Inhibitors

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