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See detailImmunogenicity of semisynthetic human insulin in man. Long-term comparison with porcine monocomponent insulin.
Luyckx, A. S.; Daubresse, J. C.; Jaminet, C. et al

in Acta Diabetologica Latina (1986), 23(2), 101-6

The levels of circulating IgG-insulin antibodies were determined in two groups of diabetic patients before and at 3-month intervals after starting insulin treatment either with monocomponent porcine ... [more ▼]

The levels of circulating IgG-insulin antibodies were determined in two groups of diabetic patients before and at 3-month intervals after starting insulin treatment either with monocomponent porcine insulin (n = 17) or with human semisynthetic insulin (SH) (n = 16). Patients were followed during 15.1 +/- 1.0 and 19.9 +/- 1.1 months, respectively (m +/- SEM). In addition, the quality of metabolic control and residual B-cell function were evaluated in the group under treatment with SHI. The percentage of patients who remained antibody-free after 12-21 months of treatment was 67.75% in the human insulin-treated group and only 25-43% in the one receiving porcine insulin (p less than 0.01). Moreover, insulin antibody titers, when present, were usually lower in subjects treated with human insulin. In SHI-treated patients: metabolic control was excellent during the first months of treatment as evidenced by values of mean daily blood glucose (7.3 +/- 0.6 mmol/l), M-index according to Schlichtkrull (7.4 +/- 2.4) and Hb1c (6.8 +/- 0.6%); residual B-cell function, evaluated at 3-month intervals by a circadian profile of plasma C-peptide did not decrease throughout the study; and a significant deterioration of blood glucose control occurred after 18 months of treatment, which might have been due to a less intensive supervision of the patients by the physicians and/or less careful attention by the patients themselves. This observation confirms the need for a continuous education of the patients regardless of the type of insulin used. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of indomethacin on the metabolic and hormonal response to a standardized breakfast in normal subjects.
Luyckx, A. S.; Guerten, D.; Scheen, André ULg et al

in Acta Diabetologica Latina (1981), 18(3), 259-66

We have investigated the influence of a single oral administration of indomethacin on blood glucose, plasma free fatty acids (FFA), alpha-amino-nitrogen, insulin and glucagon concentrations in young ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the influence of a single oral administration of indomethacin on blood glucose, plasma free fatty acids (FFA), alpha-amino-nitrogen, insulin and glucagon concentrations in young healthy subjects. Two groups of 6 subjects were studied, the first received a standardized 500 kcal mixed meal without any previous drug administration (controls) whereas the second group received 50 mg indomethacin 2 h before ingesting an identical meal. Plasma indomethacin concentration reached its maximum (2.36 +/- 0.36 micro g/ml) 15 min after administration and declined to 0.45 +/- 0.04 micro g/ml after 2 h. Indomethacin ingestion was followed by a significant increase in blood glucose and plasma FFA reaching their maximum value at 45 min and returning to basal levels at 120 min. No simultaneous changes in plasma alpha-amino-nitrogen, insulin or glucagon levels were detected during this period. The meal was followed by a rise in blood glucose and plasma insulin as well as by a decrease in plasma FFA concentration. No significant differences were detected between the controls and the subjects receiving indomethacin. In controls, the meal was followed by a rise in plasma alpha-amino-nitrogen and a modest although significant increase in glucagon levels. In indomethacin-treated subjects, the increment of alpha-amino-nitrogen was less marked and the increase in plasma glucagon was not observed. Thus, indomethacin by itself can exert several metabolic effects; however, it does not deteriorate the blood glucose or insulin profile after a regular meal. The present work is the first to demonstrate that an inhibitor of prostaglandin synthesis inhibits the plasma glucagon rise occurring after a physiological stimulus such as a normal meal. On the basis of previous in vitro experiments, we suggest that this effect results from an inhibition of glucagon secretion by the PG synthesis inhibitor. [less ▲]

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