Synergistic effect of α-glucosidase inhibitors and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitor treatment

Yukio Horikawa, Mayumi Enya, Katsumi Iizuka, Gui Ying Chen, Shin Ichi Kawachi, Tetsuya Suwa, Jun Takeda

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Monotherapy of α-glucosidase inhibitor (α-GI) or dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitor does not sufficiently minimize glucose fluctuations in the diabetic state. In the present study, we evaluated the combined effects of various of α-GI inhibitors (acarbose, voglibose or miglitol) and sitagliptin, a DPP4 inhibitor, on blood glucose fluctuation, insulin and active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels after nutriment loading in mice. Miglitol and sitagliptin elicited a 47% reduction (P < 0.05) of the area under the curve of blood glucose levels for up to 2 h after maltose-loading, a 60% reduction (P < 0.05) in the range of blood glucose fluctuation, and a 32% decrease in plasma insulin compared with the control group. All three of the combinations elicited a 2.5-4.9-fold synergistic increase in active GLP-1 (P < 0.05 vs control). Thus, combined treatment with the α-GI miglitol, which more strongly inhibits the early phase of postprandial hyperglycemia, and DPP4 inhibitor yields both complementary and synergistic effects, and might represent a superior anti-hyperglycemic therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-203
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Diabetes Investigation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 06-2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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