Dapagliflozin, a selective SGLT2 inhibitor, improves glucose homeostasis in normal and diabetic rats

  1. Songping Han, Ph.D.1,
  2. Deborah L. Hagan, B.S.1,
  3. Joseph R. Taylor, B.S.1,
  4. Li Xin, M.D.1,
  5. Wei Meng, Ph.D.2,
  6. Scott A. Biller, Ph.D.2,,3,
  7. John R. Wetterau, Ph.D.1,,4,
  8. William N. Washburn, Ph.D.2 and
  9. Jean M. Whaley, Sc.D. (jean.whaley{at}
  1. 1Metabolic Diseases Biology
  2. 2Metabolic Diseases Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb Research and Development, Princeton, NJ
  3. 3Current Affiliation: Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA
  4. 4Cerenis Therapeutics, Ann Arbor, MI


    Objective: The inhibition of gut and renal sodium-glucose cotransporters (SGLTs) has been proposed as a novel therapeutic approach to the treatment of diabetes. We have identified dapagliflozin as a potent and selective inhibitor of the renal sodium-glucose cotransporter SGLT2 in vitro and characterized its in vitro and in vivo pharmacology.

    Research Design and Methods: Cell based assays measuring glucose analog uptake were used to assess dapagliflozin's ability to inhibit sodium-dependent and facilitative glucose transport activity. Acute and multidose studies in normal and diabetic rats were performed to assess the ability of dapagliflozin to improve fed and fasting plasma glucose levels. A hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp study was performed to assess the ability of dapagliflozin to improve glucose utilization following multidose treatment.

    Results: Dapagliflozin potently and selectively inhibited human SGLT2 vs. human SGLT1, the major cotransporter of glucose in the gut, and did not significantly inhibit facilitative glucose transport in human adipocytes. In vivo, dapagliflozin acutely induced renal glucose excretion in normal and diabetic rats, improved glucose tolerance in normal rats, and reduced hyperglycemia in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats following single oral doses ranging from 0.1–1.0 mg/kg. Once-daily dapagliflozin treatment over two weeks significantly lowered fasting and fed glucose levels at doses ranging from 0.1–1.0 mg/kg, and resulted in a significant increase in glucose utilization rate accompanied by a significant reduction in glucose production.

    Conclusions: These data suggest that dapagliflozin has the potential to be an efficacious treatment for type 2 diabetes.


      • Received October 15, 2007.
      • Accepted March 18, 2008.