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Posts tagged with "Diabetes and Obesity"

  • Cardiovascular Disease

    Takeda Gets A Surprise

    DPP-IV is short for “dipeptidylpeptidase IV”, understandably, and we need a good abbreviation for it. It’s an important enzyme target for diabetes therapy, since under normal conditions it breaks down glucagon-like-peptide 1. Longer-circulating GLP-1 would actually do a lot of diabetics good, and people have actually made such proteins as sep… Read More
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Does Glucophage Make Alzheimer’s Worse?

    Metformin, now there’s a drug story for you. It’s a startlingly small molecule, the sort of thing that chemists look and and say “That’s a real drug?” It kicked around in the literature and the labs in the 1960s, was marketed in Europe in the 1980s but was shopped around in the US for quite… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Avandia: Trouble, Run Head to Head

    Avandia (rosiglitazone) has been under suspicion for the last couple of years, after data appeared suggesting a higher rate of cardiovascular problems with its use. GlaxoSmithKline has been disputing this association all the way, as well they might, but today there’s yet more information to dispute. A retrospective study in the Archives of Intern… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    CB-1 Obesity Drugs: Farewell to the Whole Lot

    The painful saga of Acomplia (rimonabant) has finally come to an end. Sanofi-Aventis has announced that they’re completely giving up on the drug. There was really no other option – the compound was never approved in the US, and was never going to be, and late in October the EU ordered it to be withdrawn… Read More
  • Biological News

    Fructose In The Brain?

    Let’s talk sugar, and how you know if you’ve eaten enough of it. Just in time for Halloween! This is a field I’ve done drug discovery for in the past, and it’s a tricky business. But some of the signals are being worked out. Blood glucose, as the usual circulating energy source in the body… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    Taranabant Is No More

    Merck has taken a step that many people have been expecting, and announced that they are no longer developing taranabant, their cannabinoid antagonist (or is it an inverse agonist?) I’d expressed grave doubts about the drug earlier this year, which turned out to be well-founded. That latter post included the line “I don’t see how… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    Metabolic Hope Springs Eternal

    Now, if I were still doing metabolic disease work, I’d be all over this target: CAMKK2, which is mercifully short for “Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinase 2”. (Kinase nomenclature has been out of hand for years, in case you’re wondering). CAMKK2 is right in the middle of a lot of pathways that are known to be… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    All The Fat Cells You’ll Ever Have – Sort Of

    I’ve done a fair amount of work against drug targets for metabolic disorders, so a recent letter in Nature caught my eye. The authors have used an ingenious technique to determine the number and age of the adipocytes (fat cells) that an individual has, and have tracked that cell population year by year. One thing… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Alli: “Underwhelming”

    About a year ago, I wrote about GSK’s attempt to sell the lipase inhibitor orlistat over the counter as Alli: “So my forecast for Alli is strong sales – for a while. Then it takes a dive, never to scale those heights again, as the word gets out. And the demand continues to grow for… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    Merck Bails on Natural Products

    Every few years, you hear talk of a renaissance in natural products-based drug discovery. Well, this news should postpone the next round of optimism for a bit longer: Merck is cutting their natural products program entirely. They’ve had a long history in that area, but no more. That C&E News item includes an interesting detail: Read More
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