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[The newest DPP-4-inhibitor: linagliptin]

KIS János Tibor1

DECEMBER 21, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(12)

[Linagliptin is a xantin-based, highly selective, potent inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase- IV (DPP-4). By inhibiting DPP-4, linagliptin reduces the degradation of endogenous incretin hormones, and thus increases insulin secretion and decreases glucagon secretion in the pancreatic islets in a glucose-dependent manner. The author summarises the most important clinical trials with linagliptin, which highlight those features of linagliptin that distinguish it from other DPP-4 inhibitors.]


  1. Budai Irgalmasrendi Kórház, Belgyógyászati Osztály



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