• BRX-220;
  • diabetic neuropathy;
  • STZ diabetes;
  • ZDF rats;
  • insulin action

Abstract: Bimoclomol (BML), a symptomatic antidiabetic agent, has been developed by Biorex R & D Co. to treat diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. BRX-220, an orally active member of the BRX family, has been developed to treat diabetic complications and insulin resistance (IR) as a follow-up compound. The effect of BRX-220 on peripheral neuropathy was examined in rats with diabetes (type 1) induced by administration of a β-cell toxin, streptozotocin (STZ, 45 mg/kg iv). Nerve functions were evaluated by electrophysiological measurements of muscle motor and sensory nerve conduction velocities (MNCV and SNCV, respectively). MNCV and SNCV decreased in diabetic rats by 25% (p < 0.001). A 1-month preventive treatment with BRX-220 (2.5, 5, 10, and 20 mg/kg po) dose-dependently improved diabetes-related deficits in MNCV (51.3%, 71.3%, 86.1%, and 91.3%) and SNCV (48.9%, 68.5%, 86.1%, and 93.2%). Insulin sensitivity was measured using the insulin tolerance test (ITT), both in STZ diabetic and in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats (model of type 2 diabetes). Severe IR was detected in STZ diabetic and ZDF rats. This resistance was significantly (p < 0.05) reduced by BRX-220 treatment.