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Current Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1389-4501
ISSN (Online): 1873-5592

General Review Article

Drug Development Strategy for Type 2 Diabetes: Targeting Positive Energy Balances

Author(s): Zhenqi Liu and Baichun Yang*

Volume 20 , Issue 8 , 2019

Page: [879 - 890] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1389450120666181217111500

Price: $65


Newer classes of medications have been proven useful in glycemic control in type 2 diabetes (T2D), but many do not appear capable to slow down the progressive loss of ß-cell function, or to improve population-level glycemic control. Positive energy balance, e.g. surplus energy intake over expenditure, is at the core for developing metabolic syndrome and T2D. Currently available glycemic control drugs come to the market based on their 1-2 years risk-benefit profiles, but most of them do not correct positive energy balance and lose efficacy in the long-term. This denouement is destined by a positive energy balance of T2D. There is continuous endeavor/investment in new drugs for T2D. In this review, we compared the effects of commonly used oral hypoglycemic agents on energy balance and discussed several novel therapeutic targets/approaches for T2D that could potentially correct positive energy balance: changing the composition of intestinal host-microbiota to alleviate excess caloric consumption, controlling chylomicron uptake into intestinal lacteals to reduce excessive caloric intake, and activating pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) to ameliorate glucose metabolism and increase energy expenditure. We further reviewed how nicotine affects body weight and ameliorates positive energy balance, and ways to encourage people to adopt a more healthy lifestyle by exercising more and/or decreasing caloric intake. These potential targets/approaches may hopefully correct positive energy balance, delay disease progression, reverse some pathophysiological changes, and eventually prevent and/or cure the disease. Drug development strategies applying new insights into T2D process and therapeutic index to correct positive energy balance need to be seriously considered.

Keywords: Type 2 diabetes, positive energy balances, glycemic control, drug development strategy, intestinal microbiota, intestinal lacteal chylomicron, mitochondrial glycolytic flux.

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