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Bhavana Sosale, Aravind R Sosale, Prassanna M Kumar, Shashank R Joshi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The number of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is increasing. Most patients with T2DM are uncontrolled and fail to achieve their target Hba1c. In recent years, newer agents such as SGLT2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) have been approved for clinical use. Though data from clinical trials and sub set analysis of Indian patients in global studies are promising, real world evidence from standard clinical practice in India is lacking. The aim of this study was to analyze the metabolic parameters in patients with T2DM on SGLT2i in real world clinical practice...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Ning Xia, Huige Li
Under physiological conditions, perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) attenuates agonist-induced vasoconstriction by releasing vasoactive molecules including hydrogen peroxide, angiotensin 1-7, adiponectin, methyl palmitate, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide (NO) and leptin. This anticontractile function of PVAT is lost under conditions of obesity. The central mechanism underlying PVAT dysfunction in obesity is likely to be an "obesity triad" (consisting of PVAT hypoxia, inflammation and oxidative stress) that leads to dysregulation of PVAT-derived vasoregulators...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Himalee S Sabnis, Heath L Bradley, Shweta Tripathi, Wen-Mei Yu, William Tse, Cheng-Kui Qu, Kevin D Bunting
Current therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) primarily includes high-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy with or without allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Targeting unique cellular metabolism of cancer cells is a potentially less toxic approach. Monotherapy with mitochondrial inhibitors like metformin have met with limited success since escape mechanisms such as increased glycolytic ATP production, especially in hyperglycemia, can overcome the metabolic blockade. As an alternative strategy for metformin therapy, we hypothesized that the combination of 6-benzylthioinosine (6-BT), a broad-spectrum metabolic inhibitor, and metformin could block this drug resistance mechanism...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Kalina Biernacka, Raj A Persad, Amit Bahl, David Gillatt, Jeff M P Holly, Claire M Perks
The incidence of many common cancers varies between different populations and appears to be affected by a Western lifestyle. Highly proliferative malignant cells require sufficient levels of nutrients for their anabolic activity. Therefore targeting genes and pathways involved in metabolic pathways could yield future therapeutics. A common pathway implicated in energetic and nutritional requirements of a cell is the LKB1/AMPK pathway. Metformin is a widely studied anti-diabetic drug, which improves glycaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes via targeting this pathway...
October 17, 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Xiaojing Liu, Iris L Romero, Lacey M Litchfield, Ernst Lengyel, Jason W Locasale
Repurposing metformin for cancer therapy is attractive due to its safety profile, epidemiological evidence, and encouraging data from human clinical trials. Although it is known to systemically affect glucose metabolism in liver, muscle, gut, and other tissues, the molecular determinants that predict a patient response in cancer remain unknown. Here, we carry out an integrative metabolomics analysis of metformin action in ovarian cancer. Metformin accumulated in patient biopsies, and pathways involving nucleotide metabolism, redox, and energy status, all related to mitochondrial metabolism, were affected in treated tumors...
October 12, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Rosa Lauretta, Giulia Lanzolla, Patrizia Vici, Luciano Mariani, Costanzo Moretti, Marialuisa Appetecchia
Preclinical, early phase clinical trials and epidemiological evidence support the potential role of insulin-sensitizers in cancer prevention and treatment. Insulin-sensitizers improve the metabolic and hormonal profile in PCOS patients and may also act as anticancer agents, especially in cancers associated with hyperinsulinemia and oestrogen dependent cancers. Several lines of evidence support the protection against cancer exerted by dietary inositol, in particular inositol hexaphosphate. Metformin, thiazolidinediones, and myoinositol postreceptor signaling may exhibit direct inhibitory effects on cancer cell growth...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
R Andersen, G B E Jemec
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is difficult to treat. Official guidelines have only recently been developed, and suggest that patients should be provided with both adjuvant, medical and surgical therapy. The guidelines are the result of resurgent interest in this disease, in which etiology and pathogenesis are only partially understood at present. Recent research has, however, identified possible targets for specific intervention using biologicals. In addition, classical clinically driven developments of new treatments continue to evolve, leading to several interesting new therapies for HS patients...
August 2016: Drugs of Today
Yunmi Ko, Aery Choi, Minyoung Lee, Jun Ah Lee
PURPOSE: Patients with unresectable, relapsed, or refractory osteosarcoma need a novel therapeutic agent. Metformin is a biguanide derivative used in the treatment of type II diabetes, and is recently gaining attention in cancer research. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of metformin against human osteosarcoma. Four osteosarcoma cell lines (KHOS/NP, HOS, MG-63, U-2 OS) were treated with metformin and cell proliferation was evaluated using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
L J Niedernhofer, J L Kirkland, W Ladiges
The first clinical trial aimed at targeting fundamental processes of aging will soon be launched (TAME: Targeting Aging with Metformin). In its wake is a robust pipeline of therapeutic interventions that have been demonstrated to extend lifespan or healthspan of preclinical models, including rapalogs, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and senolytics. This ensures that if the TAME trial is successful, numerous additional clinical trials are apt to follow. But a significant impediment to these trials remains the question of what endpoints should be measured? The design of the TAME trial very cleverly skirts around this based on the fact that there are decades of data on metformin in humans, providing unequaled clarity of what endpoints are most likely to yield a positive outcome...
October 6, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
Marie Daugan, Amélie Dufaÿ Wojcicki, Benoit d'Hayer, Vincent Boudy
Since epidemiologic data have highlighted the positive effects of metformin to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, many in vitro and in vivo studies as well as a large number of clinical trials have been conducted in order to study its potential. The many anticancer actions of metformin lead to a cytostatic effect. Two distinct but not exclusive mechanisms can be implicated in these actions. First, by decreasing insulinemia and glycaemia, metformin can block the PI3K/MAPK signalling pathway implicated in cell growth...
October 5, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Blanca I Restrepo
Despite major advances in tuberculosis (TB) control, TB continues to be a leading cause of death worldwide. The discovery of new anti-TB treatment drugs and regimens that target drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB are being complemented with a search for adjunct host-directed therapies that synergize for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) elimination. The goal of host-directed therapies is to boost immune mechanisms that diminish excess inflammation to reduce lung tissue damage and limit Mtb growth. Metformin is the most commonly-used medication for type 2 diabetes, and a candidate for host-directed therapy for TB...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Francesca Santilli, Rossella Liani, Patrizia Di Fulvio, Gloria Formoso, Paola Simeone, Romina Tripaldi, Thor Ueland, Pål Aukrust, Giovanni Davì
Resistin is an adipokine that promotes inflammation and insulin resistance by targeting several cells including platelets. We hypothesised that in type 2 diabetes (T2DM), resistin may foster in vivo oxidative stress, thromboxane-dependent platelet activation and platelet-derived inflammatory proteins release, key determinants of atherothrombosis. A cross-sectional comparison of circulating resistin, sCD40L, as a marker of platelet-mediated inflammation, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), endothelial dysfunction marker, Dickkopf (DKK)-1, reflecting the inflammatory interaction between platelets and endothelial cells, and urinary 8-iso-PGF2α and 11-dehydro-TxB2, reflecting in vivo lipid peroxidation and platelet activation, respectively, was performed between 79 T2DM patients and 30 healthy subjects...
October 6, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Manel Mata-Cases, Josep Franch-Nadal, Jordi Real, Dídac Mauricio
OBJECTIVES: To assess trends in prescribing practices of antidiabetic agents and glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis using yearly clinical data and antidiabetic treatments prescribed obtained from an electronic population database. SETTING: Primary healthcare centres, including the entire population attended by the Institut Català de la Salut in Catalonia, Spain, from 2007 to 2013...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Xin Yang, Zhipeng Xu, Chunlan Zhang, Zixin Cai, Jingjing Zhang
Metformin, a biguanide derivate, is known as the first-line antidiabetic agent for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treatment. It reduces insulin resistance and decreases blood glucose concentration by inhibiting gluconeogenesis and suppressing hepatic glucose production with improved peripheral tissue insulin sensitivity. As an insulin sensitizer, metformin takes pleiotropic actions and exerts protective effects on multiple organs mainly in insulin-targeted tissues such as liver, muscle, and adipose tissues...
October 1, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Gabriela Figueroa-González, Verónica García-Castillo, Jossimar Coronel-Hernández, Eduardo López-Urrutia, Sonia León-Cabrera, Luis E Arias-Romero, L I Terrazas, Miriam Rodríguez-Sosa, Alma Delia Campos-Parra, Eduardo Zúñiga-Calzada, Cesar Lopez-Camarillo, Fermín Morales-González, Nadia J Jacobo-Herrera, Carlos Pérez-Plasencia
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is an important health issue worldwide, accounting for the third place of cancer incidence. Chronic inflammation, as seen in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is the most important risk factor for developing CRC, as it favours neoplastic transformation by enhancing epithelial cell turnover in the colonic mucosa. Treatments for CRC need to be improved; currently they are not specific and have several secondary effects in patients. The main objective of this work was to evaluate a new therapeutic strategy against a colitis-related colorectal cancer in vivo and in vitro by targeting mTOR-signaling and lactate dehydrogenase A...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Hitesh Soni
Diabesity is a new term for obesity-dependent diabetes, which is also associated with cardiovascular and other comorbidities with rising epidemic. Traditional treatments (sulfonylureas and thiazolidinediones) of diabetes are associated with weight gain, except metformin. Newer agents such as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) and Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) are causing a modest weight reduction, whereas dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i) are weight neutral...
October 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Jian Jin, Sun Woo Lim, Long Jin, Ji Hyun Yu, Hyun Seon Kim, Byung Ha Chung, Chul Woo Yang
Background/Aims: Metformin (MET) is a first-line drug for type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM); its effect on new-onset diabetes after transplantation caused by immunosuppressant therapy is unclear. We compared the effects of MET on DM caused by tacrolimus (TAC) or sirolimus (SRL). Methods: DM was induced by injection of TAC (1.5 mg/kg) or SRL (0.3 mg/kg) for 2 weeks in rats, and MET (200 mg/kg) was injected for 2 more weeks. The effects of MET on DM caused by TAC or SRL were evaluated using an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) and by measuring plasma insulin concentration, islet size, and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS)...
September 30, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
B Hayward, J C Molero, K Windmill, A Sanigorski, J Weir, N L McRae, K Aston-Mourney, B Osborne, B Liao, K R Walder, P J Meikle, N Konstantopoulos, C Schmitz-Peiffer
The pathways through which fatty acids induce insulin resistance have been the subject of much research. We hypothesise that by focussing on the reversal of insulin resistance, novel insights can be made regarding the mechanisms by which insulin resistance can be overcome. Using global gene and lipid expression profiling, we aimed to identify biological pathways altered during the prevention of palmitate-induced glucose production in hepatocytes using metformin and sodium salicylate. FAO hepatoma cells were treated with palmitate (0...
September 29, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
V Mohan, V Chopra, D Sanyal, S Jain, J Jayaprakashsai
OBJECTIVE: This study examines whether a new, scored and breakable once daily gliclazide tablet formulation, gliclazide XR 60 mg, that enables a simple 2-steps titration, can improve glycemic control rates in the community. METHODS: In a prospective multicenter study of 4 months duration, organised in the primary care setting of urban India, type 2 diabetes patients, uncontrolled with diet alone or metformin monotherapy, received 1 (60 mg), 1½ (90 mg), or 2 (120 mg) tablets of gliclazide XR 60 mg to achieve a target fasting plasma glucose of 126 mg/dl, or HbA1c of 7%...
December 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Thomas Vanhove, Quinten Remijsen, Dirk Kuypers, Pieter Gillard
Post-transplant diabetes mellitus is a frequent complication of solid organ transplantation that generally requires treatment with lifestyle interventions and antidiabetic medication. A number of demonstrated and potential pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions (DDIs) exist between commonly used immunosuppressants and antidiabetic drugs, which are comprehensively summarized in this review. Cyclosporine (CsA) itself inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 enzyme and a variety of drug transporters. As a result, it increases exposure to repaglinide and sitagliptin, will likely increase the exposure to nateglinide, glyburide, saxagliptin, vildagliptin and alogliptin, and could theoretically increase the exposure to gliquidone and several sodium-glucose transporter (SGLT)-2 inhibitors...
September 14, 2016: Transplantation Reviews
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