KBP-088 (KeyBiosciencePeptide 088) is a potent dual amylin and calcitonin receptor agonist (DACRA). DACRAs are known to elicit potent activity in terms of typical amylin-induced responses, such as reducing food intake and body weight. However, to what extent amylin infusion can mimic the effects of the dual agonist KBP-088 is unknown. We studied the effect of acute dosing with KBP-088 (5 µg/kg) and rat amylin (100, 300, and 1000 µg/kg) and subsequently compared the chronic effect of KBP-088 (5 µg/kg per day) to increasing doses of rat amylin (100, 300, and 1000 µg/kg per day) delivered by continuous subcutaneous infusion, in high-fat diet (HFD) fed Long-Evans rats. Furthermore, acute amylin sensitivity was investigated. Single dose KBP-088 (5 µg/kg) potently reduced acute food intake for a prolonged period compared with amylin (100, 300, and 1000 µg/kg), confirming the difference in potency. Independent of dose, chronic amylin administration (100, 300, and 1000 µg/kg per day) was less effective than KBP-088 (5 µg/kg per day) in inducing body weight loss (15% with KBP-088, and 5%, 9%, and 8% with amylin, vehicle corrected) and reducing overall adiposity in HFD rats. Moreover, KBP-088 improved oral glucose tolerance with significantly reduced insulin levels (80% reduction) that were better than all doses of amylin (68%, 53%, and 7% reduction). Acute amylin sensitivity was independent of the chronic treatment. Dual activation of amylin and calcitonin receptors by KBP-088 is superior to amylin in reducing body weight and improving glucose tolerance, indicating a role for the calcitonin receptor.
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