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GIP and GLP-1 Potentiate Sulfonylurea-Induced Insulin Secretion in Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 1-Alpha Mutation Carriers

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posted on 2020-06-09, 19:42 authored by Ada AdminAda Admin, Alexander S. Christensen, Sofie Hædersdal, Heidi Storgaard, Kathrine Rose, Nina L. Hansen, Jens J. Holst, Torben Hansen, Filip K. Knop, Tina Vilsbøll
Sulfonylureas (SUs) provide an efficacious first-line treatment in patients with hepatocyte nuclear factor 1-alpha (HNF1A)-diabetes, but SUs have limitations due to risk of hypoglycemia. Treatment based on the incretin hormones, glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) and glucagon-like-peptide 1 (GLP-1), are characterized by their glucose-dependent insulinotropic actions without risk of hypoglycemia. The effect of SUs together with GIP or GLP-1, respectively, on insulin and glucagon secretion in patients with HNF1A-diabetes is currently unknown. To investigate this, ten HNF1A mutation carriers and ten non-diabetic controls were recruited for a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover study including six experimental days in a randomized order involving 2h euglycemic-hyperglycemic clamps with co-administration of 1) SU (glimepiride 1 mg) or placebo, combined with 2) infusions of either GIP (1.5 pmol/kg/min), GLP-1 (0.5 pmol/kg/min) or saline (NaCl). In HNF1A mutation carriers we observed: 1) hypoinsulinemia, 2) insulinotropic effects of both GIP and GLP-1, 3) additive to supra-additive effects on insulin secretion when combining SU+GIP and SU+GLP1, respectively, and 4) increased fasting and arginine-induced glucagon levels compared to non-diabetic controls. Our study suggests that a combination of SU and incretin-based treatment may be efficacious in patients with HNF1A-diabetes via potentiation of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion.


The clinical study was performed at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (Gentofte Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark) and were supported by private foundations: Aase og Ejnar Danielsens Fond, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mckinney Møllers Fond, Aage and Louis-Hansens Fond and Axel Muusfeldt Fond. The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research is an independent Research Center at the University of Copenhagen partially funded by an unrestricted donation from the Novo Nordisk Foundation JJH was supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.