DEC 24, 2020 8:06 PM PST

Diabetic Drug Combo Improves Symptoms

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Scientists have shown that adding a drug combination widely used in diabetic therapy will control blood glucose and weight loss in mice,

"We have previously shown that prolonged association of the GLP-1 agonists with the glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor supports insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells," explains project team leader Dr. Prasenjit Mitra of the Dr. Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences. "This led us to see whether we could enhance the effects of GLP-1 agonism on regulating glucose levels with a complementary therapy."

Findings were reported in the journal eLife and describes a new class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists (GLP-1 analogs).

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"GLP-1 drugs have emerged in the last decade as unique medicines that provide substantial improvements in glycemic control and body weight; however, they seldom achieve full metabolic recovery or help treat associated comorbidities such as body weight," Dr. Mitra explains. "Our results suggest that the class 1 HDAC inhibitor MS-275 can significantly enhance the action of GLP-1 drugs, more effectively normalising blood glucose and reducing weight gain. This lays the foundation for clinical studies of combinations of GLP-1/HDAC inhibitors for the long-term management of diabetes and obesity in humans."

Source: Science Daily

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