Dapagliflozin lowers plasma glucose concentration and improves β-cell function

Aurora Merovci, Andrea Mari, Carolina Solis, Ralph A Defronzo, Giuseppe Daniele, Alberto Chavez-Velazquez, Devjit Tripathy, Scheherezada Urban McCarthy, Muhammad A Abdul-ghani, Juan Xiong

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Background: β-Cell dysfunction is a core defect in T2DM, and chronic, sustained hyperglycemia has been implicated in progressive β-cell failure, ie, glucotoxicity. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of lowering the plasma glucose concentration with dapagliflozin, a glucosuric agent, on β-cell function in T2DM individuals. Research Design and Methods: Twenty-four subjects with T2DM received dapagliflozin (n = 16) or placebo (n = 8) for 2 weeks, and a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and insulin clamp were performed before and after treatment. Plasma glucose, insulin, and C-peptide concentrations were measured during the OGTT. Results: Dapagliflozin significantly lowered both the fasting and 2-hour plasma glucose concentrations and the incremental area under the plasma glucose concentration curve (ΔG<inf>0-120</inf>) during OGTT by -33 ± 5 mg/dL, -73 ± 9 mg/dL, and -60 ± 12 mg/dL · min, respectively, compared to <13 ± 9, -33 ± 13, and -18 ± 9 reductions in placebo-treated subjects (both P < .01). The incremental area under the plasma C-peptide concentration curve tended to increase in dapagliflozin-treated subjects, whereas it did not change in placebo-treated subjects. Thus, ΔC-Pep<inf>0-120</inf>/ΔG<inf>0-120</inf> increased significantly in dapagliflozin-treated subjects, whereas it did not change in placebo-treated subjects (0.019 ± 0.005 vs 0.002 ± 0.006; P < .01). Dapagliflozin significantly improved whole-body insulin sensitivity (insulin clamp). Thus, β-cell function, measured as ΔC-Pep<inf>0-120</inf>/ΔG<inf>0-120</inf> ÷ insulin resistance, increased by 2-fold (P < .01) in dapagliflozin-treated vs placebo-treated subjects. Conclusion: Lowering the plasma glucose concentration with dapagliflozin markedly improves β-cell function, providing strong support in man for the glucotoxic effect of hyperglycemia on β-cell function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1927-1932
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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