Author: Inayat U Rahman, Muhammad Idrees, Mohammad Bashir, Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Naeem Ullah Jan and Haroon Rahim

Publishing Date: 2016

E-ISSN: 1011-601X

Volume: 29 Issue: 2


Liraglutide exert favorable effects on most of the diabetes associated cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and this study was designed to further explore the benefits of liraglutide by observing its effect on plasma sialic acid (PSA) in diabetic rats. A total of 30 streptozotocin induced (50mg/Kg; i. p) diabetic rats were randomized into vehicle treated (1 ml/Kg s.c, twice daily) group I, liraglutide treated groups II and III (30μg/Kg and 150μg/Kg, twice daily respectively) and studied for 6 weeks. Liraglutide treated groups showed significant reductions in fructosamine levels (p≤0.05) from baseline. Between groups comparison revealed significant difference (p≤0.05) at the end point. Similarly, at week 6, liraglutide treated groups showed significantly low levels of PSA compared to baseline (p<0.03 and p<0.005 for group II and III respectively) and control group I (p<0.002 and p<0.001 for group II and III respectively). However, the difference was non-significant between groups II and III (p<0.09). Other parameters including glucose tolerance, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), blood lipids, systolic blood pressure (SBP) and body weight also improved by liraglutide with the group III showing greater improvement. The study concludes that liraglutide produce favourable effects on PSA and may bea useful choice in protecting against diabetes associated CV complications.

KEYWORDS: Liraglutide; GLP-1 analogue; plasma sialic acid; diabetic complications; rats.

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