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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A clinical feature of hyperlipidemia in patients with central diabetes insipidus.

In this study, we analyzed plasma lipid and lipoprotein levels before and after treatment with 1-desamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) in subjects with partial and complete central diabetes insipidus (DI) in order to determine how a shortage and supplement of this hormone affect plasma lipid metabolism. The subjects consisted of 6 patients with partial and 6 with complete central DI. After treatment with DDAVP through nasal cavity, plasma total cholesterol (TC) level did not decrease either in complete or partial form. Plasma triglyceride (TG) levels decreased from 306+/-175 mg/dl to 198+/-91 (35% decrease, p=0.027) in complete form, while TG did not change significantly in partial form. A detailed investigation of plasma lipoprotein metabolism during treatment with DDAVP was carried out in 3 of the 6 subjects with complete form of DI. Lipoprotein lipase activity and mass in post-heparin plasma from those three subjects tended to increase after treatment with DDAVP, along with the complete disappearance of an unusual lipoprotein between low density lipoprotein (LDL) and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) as analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These results suggest that the DDAVP treatment has a favorable effect on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, especially triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, either directly or through modifying factors contributing to lipid metabolism.[1]


  1. A clinical feature of hyperlipidemia in patients with central diabetes insipidus. Takahashi-Tezuka, M., Kobayashi, J., Otabe, M., Hirai, A., Tashiro, J., Bujo, H., Morisaki, N., Saito, Y., Yoshida, S. Endocr. J. (2000) [Pubmed]
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