Protective Effects of Sitagliptin on β Cell Function in Patients With Adult-onset Latent Autoimmune Diabetes(LADA)

2014-08-27 03:12:18 | BioPortfolio


The aim of this study is to investigate the protective effects of sitagliptin on β cell function in patients with adult-onset latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA) and its mechanisms.


Adult-onset latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA), etiologically belongs to type 1 diabetes (T1D), is characterized by the presence of islet autoantibodies, such as islet cell antibody (ICA) and glutamic acid decarboxylase antibody (GADA), and prones to develop β-cell failure. The goals of treatment for LADA are suppression of autoimmune β cell destruction, preservation of islet function and prevention of diabetic complications. Recently two classes of compounds have been approved by the FDA as T2D therapeutics: the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist (incretin mimetic) exenatide (Byetta) and the dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) inhibitor sitagliptin (Januvia) and vildagliptin (Galvus). They have been shown to reduce HbA1c, fasting glucose and to improve β cell function in T2D patients, as a mono-therapy or in combination with metformin or thizolidinediones. Besides, in vitro studies showed incretin-based therapy can stimulate β-cell proliferation and survival, increase β cell insulin content and inhibit apoptosis. Moreover, several short-term pilot studies suggest GLP-1 may also have the potential for treating T1D. Several findings suggest that Ex-4 may also act as a regulator of the immune response in addition to its potential effects on β cell proliferation. Therefore, we hypothesized DPP-IV inhibitors might provide therapeutic advantages in T1D though no study has been reported. Besides the β cell function, another important target is insulin sensitivity. As for DPP-IV inhibitor, clinical trials demonstrated their beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity in subjects with T2D and IFG and indiabetic rat model. We'd like to further explore the possible effect of sitagliptin on insulin sensitivity in LADA patients by HOMA-IR index and euglycemic clamp technique. In addition, the systemic inflammation associated with a wide array of plasma proteins and pro-inflammatory cytokines(i.e., CRP, TNF-α, IL-6) play an additional role in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance in diabetes. It will be of interest to investigate the adipokines and proinflammmatory cytokines after the sitagliptin therapy in the study. Hence, we aim to explore the effects of sitagliptin plus insulin on β cell function, insulin sensitivity, pro-inflammatory cytokines and immune regulation including Teff and Treg frequency, and function in patients with LADA.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Type 1 Diabetes




Diabetes Center, Institute of Metabolism and Endocrinology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University
Hunan Province


Enrolling by invitation


European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:18-0400

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