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Thermogenic effect of the new beta-adrenoreceptor agonist Ro 16-8714 in healthy male volunteers.
International Journal of Obesity
Previous investigations in experimental animals have shown that a new type of beta-adrenoceptor agonist (Ro 16-8714) possesses both thermogenic and antihyperglycemic properties. The aim of the study was to assess the thermogenic capacity of the compound in man after acute administration. Following an overnight fast three different doses (5, 10 and 20 mg) and a placebo were given per os to six normal-weight young men. The rate of energy expenditure (EE) and substrate utilization were determined by indirect calorimetry (hood system) before and for 6 h following the drug administration. Heart rate and blood pressure as well as plasma glucose, insulin and free fatty acid (FFA) concentrations were also measured at regular intervals throughout the study. The increment relative to base-line (mean +/- s.e.m.) in EE with placebo, 5, 10 and 20 mg was 4 +/- 3, 10 +/- 2, 11 +/- 2 and 21 +/- 2 percent respectively whereas heart rate was enhanced by 2 +/- 2, 8 +/- 3, 22 +/- 2, and 49 +/- 8 percent. Systolic blood pressure increased less (1 +/- 2, 8 +/- 1, 11 +/- 1 and 13 +/- 2 percent), and diastolic blood pressure did not change significantly. Simultaneously we observed a slight and transient increase in blood glucose, insulin and FFA concentrations. It is concluded that in lean individuals Ro 16-8714 is a potent thermogenic agent; however, new beta-adrenoceptor agonists should be developed in order to avoid the tachycardia associated with the thermogenic effect.
2-Hydroxyphenethylamine/analogs & derivatives, 2-Hydroxyphenethylamine/pharmacology, Adrenergic beta-Agonists/pharmacology, Adult, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure/drug effects, Body Temperature Regulation/drug effects, Catecholamines/urine, Energy Metabolism/drug effects, Fatty Acids/blood, Heart Rate/drug effects, Humans, Insulin/blood, Male, Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Phenethylamines/pharmacology, Respiratory Function Tests
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