Addition of sitagliptin or metformin to insulin monotherapy improves blood glucose control via different effects on insulin and glucagon secretion in hyperglycemic Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes
Yuichiro Otsuka, Suguru Yamaguchi, Asami Furukawa, Minami Kosuda, Mitsuhiro Nakazaki, Hisamitsu Ishihara
Vol 62. No. 2
This study aimed to explore the effects of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor sitagliptin and the biguanide metformin on the secretion of insulin and glucagon, as well as incretin levels, in Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus poorly controlled with insulin monotherapy. This was a single-center, randomized, open-label, parallel group study, enrolling 25 subjects. Eleven patients (hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c] 8.40 ± 0.96%) and 10 patients (8.10 ± 0.54%) on insulin monotherapy completed 12-week treatment with sitagliptin (50 mg) and metformin (750 mg), respectively. Before and after treatment, each subject underwent a meal tolerance test. The plasma glucose, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), C-peptide, and glucagon responses to a meal challenge were measured. HbA1c reductions were similar in patients treated with sitagliptin (0.76 ± 0.18%) and metformin (0.77 ± 0.17%). In the sitagliptin group, glucose excursion during a meal tolerance test was reduced and accompanied by elevations in active GLP-1 and active GIP concentrations. C-peptide levels were unaltered despite reduced glucose responses, while glucagon responses were significantly suppressed (-7.93 ± 1.95% of baseline). In the metformin group, glucose excursion and incretin responses were unaltered. C-peptide levels were slightly increased but glucagon responses were unchanged. Our data indicate that sitagliptin and metformin exert different effects on islet hormone secretion in Japanese type 2 diabetic patients on insulin monotherapy. A glucagon suppressing effect of sitagliptin could be one of the factors improving blood glucose control in patients inadequately controlled with insulin therapy.
Mitsuyoshi Takahara, Toshihiko Shiraiwa, Taka-aki Matsuoka, Naoto Katakami, Iichiro Shimomura
Vol 62. No. 1
It remains to be seen whether pancreatic β cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetic patients can be ameliorated just by correcting hyperglycemia. The current pilot study investigated β cell function after a four-week treatment with a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor ipragliflozin in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ten participants (age, 51 ± 13 years; hemoglobin A1c levels, 9.4 ± 1.0%) took 50 mg of ipragliflozin L-proline for four weeks and thereafter discontinued the agent for one week. A 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was performed at 0 (baseline), 4 (end of medication), and 5 weeks (end of washout). The β cell function was evaluated using the disposition index, which was calculated as the product of the ΔIns0-120/ΔGlu0-120 and the Matsuda index, where ΔIns0-120/ΔGlu0-120 represents the ratio of the incremental concentrations of insulin to those of glucose during the 0- to 120-min time period of the OGTT. The fasting glucose level was 182 ± 34 mg/dL at 0 week, 137 ± 20 mg/dL at 4 weeks (p < 0.001), and 154 ± 31 mg/dL at 5 weeks (p = 0.001). Compared to baseline, the disposition index was significantly elevated not only at 4 weeks (p < 0.001) but also at 5 weeks (p = 0.008). In conclusion, the current pilot study showed that the β cell function assessed by the OGTT-derived disposition index was significantly improved after a four-week treatment with ipragliflozin in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
SKM Azizul Islam, Minchul Seo, Young-Sil Lee, Seong-Su Moon
Vol 62 No. 11
Periodontitis and insulin resistance (IR) show bidirectional relationship. No studies have assessed the associations of periodontitis with IR, impaired β-cell function, and impaired fasting glucose (IFG) in the general population. We investigated these associations in a representative sample of the Korean population. The subjects were 8,248 males and 10,874 females, who were ≥ 20 years of age and participants in the third, fourth, and fifth Korea National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys (2008-2010). Periodontitis was defined as community periodontal index (CPI) ≥ code 3 according to World Health Organization criteria. Homeostasis model assessments of IR and β-cell function (HOMA-IR and HOMA-β) were calculated. Participants with periodontitis showed a higher prevalence of diabetes than those without periodontitis. Among subjects without diabetes, after adjustment for confounding factors including age, gender, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, serum total cholesterol, smoking status, alcohol consumption, region, and regular exercise, a comparison of participants with periodontitis vs those without showed a significantly higher prevalence of IFG (28.5% vs. 17.7%, p<0.001) and lower HOMA-β (115.2 vs. 130.8, p<0.001). Periodontitis was identified as a risk factor for IFG (OR, 1.301; 95% CI, 1.193∼1.418; p<0.001). Conversely, participants with and without periodontitis had similar HOMA-IR. In conclusion, periodontitis showed an association with decreased β-cell function and increased prevalence of IFG before onset of diabetes as well as increased prevalence of diabetes in the Korean population. Future longitudinal studies are warranted to elucidate the shared pathophysiology between periodontal disease and diabetes mellitus.
Douglas Heimark, Jan McAllister, Joseph Larner
Vol 61 No. 2
Previous studies from our and other labs have shown that insulin resistance is associated with an inositol imbalance of excess myo-inositol and deficient chiro-inositol together with a deficiency of myo-inositol to chiro-inositol epimerase in vivo and in vitro. In this report, we utilized well characterized theca cells from normal cycling women, with normal insulin sensitivity, and theca cells from women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with increased insulin sensitivity to examine the myo-inositol to chiro-inisitol (M/C) ratio and the myo-inositol to chiro-inositol epimerase activity. PCOS theca cells with increased insulin sensitivity were specifically used to investigate whether the inositol imbalance and myo-inositol to chiro-inositol epimerase are regulated in a similar or the opposite direction than that observed in insulin resistant cells. The results of these studies are the first to demonstrate that in insulin sensitive PCOS theca cells the inositol imbalance goes in the opposite direction to that observed in insulin resistant cells, and there is a decreased M/C ratio and an increased myo-inositol to chiro-inositol epimerase activity. Further biochemical and genetic studies will probe the mechanisms involved.
Vol 61 No. 4
Thyroid cancer cells were believed to be generated by multi-step carcinogenesis, in which cancer cells are derived from thyrocytes, via multiple incidences of damage to their genome, especially in oncogenes or anti-oncogenes that accelerate proliferation or foster malignant phenotypes, such as the ability to invade the surrounding tissue or metastasize to distant organs, until a new hypothesis, fetal cell carcinogenesis, was presented. In fetal cell carcinogenesis, thyroid tumor cells are assumed to be derived from three types of fetal thyroid cell which only exist in fetuses or young children, namely, thyroid stem cells (TSCs), thyroblasts and prothyrocytes, by proliferation without differentiation. Genomic alternations, such as RET/PTC and PAX8-PPARγ1 rearrangements and a mutation in the BRAF gene, play an oncogenic role by preventing thyroid fetal cells from differentiating. Fetal cell carcinogenesis effectively explains recent molecular and clinical evidence regarding thyroid cancer, including thyroid cancer initiating cells (TCICs), and it underscores the importance of identifying a stem cells and clarifying the molecular mechanism of organ development in cancer research. It introduces three important concepts, the reverse approach, stem cell crisis and mature and immature cancers. Further, it implies that analysis of a small population of cells in a cancer tissue will be a key technique in establishing future laboratory tests. In the contrary, mass analysis such as gene expression profiling, whole genomic scan, and proteomics analysis may have definite limitations since they can only provide information based on many cells.
Low skeletal muscle mass is associated with insulin resistance, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome in the Korean population: The Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) 2009-2010
Vol 61 No. 1
Sarcopenia is an emerging risk factor for metabolic disorders. No study of the association of sarcopenia with insulin resistance, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome (MS) according to age group and obesity status in the general population has been reported. We investigated these associations in the Korean population. Participants included 4558 males and 5874 females, who were ≥20 years of age or older from the fourth and fifth Korea National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys of the Korean population (2009 and 2010). Age was categorized according to three groups (20-39, 40-59, and ≥ 60 years). Obesity was defined according to body mass index. Sarcopenia was defined as the appendicular skeletal muscle mass (ASM) divided by weight (Wt) (%) of > 2SD below the sex-specific mean for young adults. Homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was calculated. After adjustment for confounding variables, sarcopenia showed a significant association with HOMA-IR in the non-obese group (P<0.001). Sarcopenia was found to be a risk factor for diabetes in the non-obese group (OR, 2.140; 95% CI, 1.549-2.956; P<0.001). Sarcopenia also showed an association with MS in the non-obese group (OR, 2.209; 95% CI, 1.679-2.906; P<0.001), but not in the obese-group. However, these results were not relevant to young age group. In conclusion, sarcopenia showed an association with insulin resistance, diabetes, and MS, in the non-obese population. Sarcopenia may be an early predictor for diabetes and MS susceptibility in the non-obese population, particularly in elderly people.
Tetsurou Satoh, Osamu Isozaki, Atsushi Suzuki, Shu Wakino, Tadao Iburi, Kumiko Tsuboi, Naotetsu Kanamoto, Hajime Otani, Yasushi Furukawa, Satoshi Teramukai, Takashi Akamizu
Article ID: Vol. 63 (2016) No. 12
Thyroid storm is an endocrine emergency which is characterized by multiple organ failure due to severe thyrotoxicosis, often associated with triggering illnesses. Early suspicion, prompt diagnosis and intensive treatment will improve survival in thyroid storm patients. Because of its rarity and high mortality, prospective intervention studies for the treatment of thyroid storm are difficult to carry out. We, the Japan Thyroid Association and Japan Endocrine Society taskforce committee, previously developed new diagnostic criteria and conducted nationwide surveys for thyroid storm in Japan. Detailed analyses of clinical data from 356 patients revealed that the mortality in Japan was still high (∼11%) and that multiple organ failure and acute heart failure were common causes of death. In addition, multimodal treatment with antithyroid drugs, inorganic iodide, corticosteroids and beta-adrenergic antagonists has been suggested to improve mortality of these patients. Based on the evidence obtained by nationwide surveys and additional literature searches, we herein established clinical guidelines for the management of thyroid storm. The present guideline includes 15 recommendations for the treatment of thyrotoxicosis and organ failure in the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and hepato-gastrointestinal tract, admission criteria for the intensive care unit, and prognostic evaluation. We also proposed preventive approaches to thyroid storm, roles of definitive therapy, and future prospective trial plans for the treatment of thyroid storm. We hope that this guideline will be useful for many physicians all over the world as well as in Japan in the management of thyroid storm and the improvement of its outcome.
Kazutaka Aoki, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Kiyomi Masuda, Kazunari Kamiko, Yoshihiko Noguchi, Kazuki Tajima, Yasuo Terauchi
Article ID: Vol. 61 (2014) No. 3
We previously reported that combination therapy with an α-glucosidase inhibitor (αGI) and a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor increased active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels and decreased total glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) levels, compared with monotherapy, in non-diabetic men. However, the peptide YY (PYY), cholecystokinin (CCK), ghrelin, and obestatin levels in patients receiving a combination of αGIs and DPP-4 inhibitors have not been previously reported. We evaluated the effect of miglitol, vildagliptin, or their combination on these parameters. Miglitol and/or vildagliptin were administered according to four different intake schedules in eleven non-diabetic men (C: no drug, M: miglitol; V: vildagliptin, M+V: miglitol+vildagliptin). Blood samples were collected at 0, 30, 60, and 120 min after the start of breakfast. The plasma glucose, serum insulin, serum total PYY (PYY1-36 and PYY3-36), plasma CCK, plasma active ghrelin, and plasma obestatin levels were measured. The area under the curve (AUC) of the serum total PYY level in the M group was significantly greater than that in the C group, and the AUC of the serum total PYY level in the M+V group was significantly lower than that in the M group. The combination therapy did not change the AUC of the plasma CCK, plasma active ghrelin, plasma obestatin, and ghrelin/obestatin levels, compared with the control. The results of our study suggested that combination therapy with miglitol and vildagliptin had no effect on appetite regulation hormones, such as total PYY, CCK, active ghrelin, and obestatin, compared with the levels in the control group.
Yasuhiro Ito, Shinichi Suzuki, Ken-ichi Ito, Tsuneo Imai, Takahiro Okamoto, Hiroya Kitano, Iwao Sugitani, Kiminori Sugino, Hidemitsu Tsutsui, Hisato Hara, Akira Yoshida, Kazuo Shimizu
Article ID: Vol. 63 (2016) No. 7
Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) is generally indolent in nature and, even though it metastasizes to distant organs, the prognosis is normally excellent. In contrast, the overall survival (OS) of patients with radioactive iodine (RAI)-refractory and progressive metastases is dire, because no effective therapies have been available to control the metastatic lesions. However, recently, administration of tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) has become a new line of therapy for RAI-refractory and progressive metastases. Previous studies have reported significant improvement regarding the progression-free survival rates of patients with metastatic lesions. However, TKIs cause various severe adverse events (AEs) that damage patients’ quality of life and can even be life-threatening. Additionally, metastatic lesions may progress significantly after stopping TKI therapy. Therefore, it is difficult to determine who is a candidate for TKI therapy, as well as how and when physicians start and stop the therapy. The present review, created by Committee of pharmacological therapy for thyroid cancer of the Japanese Society of Thyroid Surgery (JSTS) and the Japan Association of Endocrine Surgeons (JAES) describes how to appropriately use TKIs by describing what we do and do not know about treatment using TKIs.