Effects of Intranasal Insulin on Triglyceride-Rich Lipoprotein Particle Production in Healthy Men

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Objective—Insulin administered directly into the brain acutely suppresses hepatic glucose production and triglyceride-rich lipoprotein (TRL) secretion in rodents. In addition, intranasally administered insulin, which selectively raises cerebrospinal fluid insulin concentration, suppresses hepatic glucose production in humans; however, its effect on TRL secretion in humans has not previously been examined. In this study, we examined whether intranasal insulin, administered at a dose that has previously been shown to suppress hepatic glucose production, modulates TRL particle secretion by the liver and intestine in humans.Approach and Results—Nine healthy, normolipidemic, and normoglycemic men participated in a study consisting of 2 randomized study arms. Subjects received intranasal lispro insulin (40 IU) or placebo. Because intranasal insulin results in a rapid and transient increase in systemic insulin concentration after administration, we matched systemic insulin concentrations in the 2 study arms by infusing lispro insulin intravenously for 30 minutes together with intranasal placebo administration. Apo (apolipoprotein) B100–containing (hepatically derived) and apoB48-containing (intestinally derived) TRL lipoprotein particle turnover were measured for the ensuing 10 hours under pancreatic clamp conditions and constant fed state, using stable isotope enrichment techniques and multicompartmental modeling. Under these experimental conditions, no significant effects of intranasal insulin versus placebo on TRL apoB100 or B48 concentrations, fractional catabolic rates, or production rates were observed.Conclusions—Insulin delivered intranasally at a dose that has been shown to raise cerebrospinal fluid insulin concentration and suppress hepatic glucose production does not affect TRL particle production by the liver and intestine in healthy men.Clinical Trial Registration—URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT03141827.

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