Precision Medicine in Type 2 Diabetes: Clinical Markers of Insulin Resistance Are Associated With Altered Short- and Long-Term Glycemic Response to DPP-4 Inhibitor Therapy

John M. Dennis, Beverley M. Shields, Anita V. Hill, Bridget A. Knight, Timothy J. McDonald, Lauren R. Rodgers, Michael N. Weedon, William E. Henley, Naveed Sattar, Rury R. Holman, Ewan R. Pearson, Andrew T. Hattersley, Angus G. Jones (Lead / Corresponding author), MASTERMIND consortium

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Objective: A precision approach to type 2 diabetes therapy would aim to target treatment according to patient characteristics. We examined if measures of insulin resistance and secretion were associated with glycemic response to dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor therapy.

Research Design and Methods: We evaluated whether markers of insulin resistance and insulin secretion were associated with 6-month glycemic response in a prospective study of noninsulin-treated participants starting DPP-4 inhibitor therapy (Predicting Response to Incretin Based Agents [PRIBA] study; n = 254), with replication for routinely available markers in U.K. electronic health care records (Clinical Practice Research Datalink [CPRD]; n = 23,001). In CPRD, we evaluated associations between baseline markers and 3-year durability of response. To test the specificity of findings, we repeated analyses for glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (PRIBA, n = 339; CPRD, n = 4,464).

Results: In PRIBA, markers of higher insulin resistance (higher fasting C-peptide [P = 0.03], HOMA2 insulin resistance [P = 0.01], and triglycerides [P < 0.01]) were associated with reduced 6-month HbA1c response to DPP-4 inhibitors. In CPRD, higher triglycerides and BMI were associated with reduced HbA1c response (both P < 0.01). A subgroup defined by obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) and high triglycerides (≥2.3 mmol/L) had reduced 6-month response in both data sets (PRIBA HbA1c reduction, 5.3 [95% CI 1.8, 8.6] mmol/mol [0.5%] [obese and high triglycerides] vs. 11.3 [8.4, 14.1] mmol/mol [1.0%] [nonobese and normal triglycerides]; P = 0.01). In CPRD, the obese, high triglycerides subgroup also had less durable response (hazard ratio 1.28 [1.16, 1.41]; P < 0.001). There was no association between markers of insulin resistance and response to GLP-1 receptor agonists.

Conclusions: Markers of higher insulin resistance are consistently associated with reduced glycemic response to DPP-4 inhibitors. This finding provides a starting point for the application of a precision diabetes approach to DPP-4 inhibitor therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Journal article
  • Precision Medicine/methods
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prognosis
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United Kingdom
  • Biomarkers/metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/diagnosis
  • Blood Glucose/drug effects
  • Female
  • Hypoglycemic Agents/therapeutic use
  • Aged
  • Primary Health Care
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Dipeptidyl-Peptidase IV Inhibitors/therapeutic use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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