Drug Discov Ther. 2020;14(5):218-225. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2020.03073)

Effects of the linagliptin, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, on bone fragility induced by type 2 diabetes mellitus in obese mice

Kanda J, Furukawa M, Izumo N, Shimakura T, Yamamoto N, Takahashi HE, Wakabayashi H


Recently, it has been suggested that glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagonlike peptide 1 (GLP-1), which play important roles in the homeostasis of glucose metabolism, could be involved in the regulation of bone metabolism. Inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4), an enzyme that degrades GIP and GLP-1, are widely used clinically as a therapeutic agent for diabetes. However, the effects of DPP-4 inhibitors on bone metabolism remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of linagliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor, on bone fragility induced by type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Non-diabetic mice were used as controls, and T2DM mice were administered linagliptin orally on a daily basis for 12 weeks. In T2DM mice, decreased bone mineral density was observed in the lower limb bones along with low serum osteocalcin levels and high serum tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase- 5b (TRAP) levels. In contrast, the decreased serum osteocalcin levels and increased serum TRAP levels observed in T2DM mice were significantly suppressed after the administration of linagliptin 30 mg/kg. Bone histomorphometric analysis revealed a reduced osteoid volume and osteoblast surface with an increase in the eroded surface and number of osteoclasts in T2DM mice. This decreased bone formation and increased bone resorption observed in the T2DM mice were suppressed and trabecular bone volume increased following the administration of 30 mg/kg linagliptin. Collectively, these findings suggest that linagliptin may improve the microstructure of trabecular bone by inhibiting both a decrease in bone formation and an increase in bone resorption induced by T2DM.

KEYWORDS: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, type 2 diabetes mellitus, bone fragility

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