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Metabolism. 2002 May;51(5):636-41.

The human amylin analog, pramlintide, corrects postprandial hyperglucagonemia in patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Clinical Science, Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., 9373 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.


Mealtime amylin replacement with the human amylin analog pramlintide as an adjunct to insulin therapy improves postprandial glycemia and long-term glycemic control in type 1 diabetes. Preclinical animal studies indicate that these complementary effects may result from at least 2 independent mechanisms: a slowing of nutrient delivery to the small intestine and a suppression of nutrient-stimulated glucagon secretion. The former effect of pramlintide has previously been demonstrated in patients with type 1 diabetes. The present studies characterize the effect of pramlintide on postprandial glucagon secretion in this patient population. Plasma glucagon and glucose concentrations were measured before and after a standardized liquid meal in 2 separate randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of pramlintide administration to patients with type 1 diabetes. In a 2-day crossover study, 18 patients received a 5-hour intravenous infusion of pramlintide (25 microg/h or 50 microg/h) or placebo in addition to subcutaneous (SC) insulin injections. In a 14-day parallel-group study, 84 patients received SC injections of 30, 100, or 300 microg of pramlintide or placebo 3 times daily in addition to SC injections of insulin. In both studies plasma glucagon concentrations increased in response to the meal in the placebo-plus-insulin group but not in any of the pramlintide-treated groups (all pramlintide treatment arms v placebo, P <.05). We conclude that mealtime amylin replacement with pramlintide prevents the abnormal meal-related rise in glucagonemia in insulin-treated patients with type 1 diabetes, an effect that likely contributes to its ability to improve postprandial glucose homeostasis and long-term glycemic control.

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