Sulfonylurea

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Sulfonylureas (UK: sulphonylurea) are a class of organic compounds used in medicine and agriculture. They are antidiabetic drugs widely used in the management of diabetes mellitus type 2. They act by increasing insulin release from the beta cells in the pancreas.[1] A number of sulfonylureas are also used as herbicides ("weedkiller"), because they can interfere with plant biosynthesis of certain amino acids.[2]

Drugs in this class[edit]

Medical uses[edit]

Sulfonylureas are used primarily for the treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2. Sulfonylureas are ineffective where there is absolute deficiency of insulin production such as in type 1 diabetes or post-pancreatectomy.

Sulfonylureas can be used to treat some types of neonatal diabetes. While historically people with hyperglycemia and low blood insulin levels were diagnosed with Type I Diabetes by default, it has been found that patients who receive this diagnosis before 6 months of age are often, in fact, candidates for receiving sulfonylureas rather than insulin throughout life.[5]

While prior sulfonylureas were associated with worse outcomes, newer agents do not appear to increase the risk of death, heart attacks, or strokes.[6]

Side effects[edit]

Sulfonylureas, as opposed to metformin, the thiazolidinediones, exenatide, symlin and other newer treatment agents may induce hypoglycemia as a result of excesses in insulin production and release. This typically occurs if the dose is too high, and the patient is fasting. Some people attempt to change eating habits to prevent this, however it can be counter productive.

Like insulin, sulfonylureas can induce weight gain, mainly as a result of their effect to increase insulin levels and thus utilization of glucose and other metabolic fuels. Other side-effects are: abdominal upset, headache and hypersensitivity reactions.

The safety of sulfonylurea therapy in pregnancy is unestablished. Prolonged hypoglycemia (4 to 10 days) has been reported in children borne to mothers taking sulfonylureas at the time of delivery.[7] Impairment of liver or kidney function increase the risk of hypoglycemia, and are contraindications. As other anti-diabetic drugs cannot be used either under these circumstances, insulin therapy is typically recommended during pregnancy and in hepatic and renal failure, although some of the newer agents offer potentially better options.

A 2014 Cochrane review found tentative evidence that people treated with sulfonylureas have fewer non-fatal cardiovascular events than those treated with metformin (RR 0.67, 95% CI 0.48 to 0.93) but a higher risk of severe hypoglycemia (RR 5.64, 95% CI 1.22 to 26.00). There was not enough data available to determine the relative risk of mortality or of cardiovascular mortality.[8] An earlier review by the same group found a statistically significant increase in the risk of cardiovascular death for first generation sulfonylureas relative to placebo (RR 2.63, 95% CI 1.32 to 5.22; P = 0.006) but there was not enough data to determine the relative risk of first generation sulfonylureas relative to insulin (RR 1.36, 95% CI 0.68 to 2.71; P = 0.39). Likewise it was not possible to determine the relative mortality risk of second generation sulfonylureas relative to metformin (RR 0.98, 95% CI 0.61 to 1.58; P = 0.68), insulin (RR 0.96, 95% CI 0.79 to 1.18; P = 0.72), or placebo.[9] The FDA requires sulfonylureas to carry a label warning regarding increased risk of cardiovascular death.[7]

Second-generation sulfonylureas have increased potency by weight, compared to first-generation sulfonylureas. Similarly, ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes)[10] and the VADT (Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial)[11] studies showed no reduction in heart attack or death in patients assigned to tight glucose control with various drugs.

Interactions[edit]

Drugs that potentiate or prolong the effects of sulfonylureas and therefore increase the risk of hypoglycemia include acetylsalicylic acid and derivatives, allopurinol, sulfonamides, and fibrates. Drugs that worsen glucose tolerance, contravening the effects of antidiabetics, include corticosteroids, isoniazide, oral contraceptives and other estrogens, sympathomimetics, and thyroid hormones. Sulfonylureas tend to interact with a wide variety of other drugs, but these interactions, as well as their clinical significance, vary from substance to substance.[12][13]

Structure[edit]

All pharmacological sulfonylureas contain a central S-arylsulfonylurea structure with a p-substituent on the phenyl ring (R1) and various groups terminating the urea N′ end group (R2). Chemically, this functionality can be easily installed by reacting aryl sulfonamides (R1—C6H4—SO2NH2) with isocyanates (R2—NCO).

Pharmacology[edit]

Glucose Insulin Release Pancreas

Sulfonylureas bind to an ATP-sensitive K+(KATP) channel on the cell membrane of pancreatic beta cells. This inhibits a tonic, hyperpolarizing efflux of potassium, thus causing the electric potential over the membrane to become more positive. This depolarization opens voltage-gated Ca2+ channels. The rise in intracellular calcium leads to increased fusion of insulin granulae with the cell membrane, and therefore increased secretion of (pro)insulin.[citation needed]

There is some evidence that sulfonylureas also sensitize β-cells to glucose, that they limit glucose production in the liver, that they decrease lipolysis (breakdown and release of fatty acids by adipose tissue) and decrease clearance of insulin by the liver.[citation needed]

The KATP channel is an octameric complex of the inward-rectifier potassium ion channel Kir6.x and sulfonylurea receptor SUR which associate with a stoichiometry of 4:4.[citation needed]

Furthermore, it has been shown that sulfonylureas interact with the nucleotide exchange factor Epac2.[14][15] Mice lacking this factor exhibited a decreased glucose-lowering effect upon sulfonylurea treatment.

History[edit]

Sulfonylureas were discovered in 1942 by the chemist Marcel Janbon and co-workers,[16] who were studying sulfonamide antibiotics and discovered that the compound sulfonylurea induced hypoglycemia in animals.[17]

Sulfonylureas used as herbicides[edit]

A large number of sulfonylureas are used as herbicides. They function by interfering with biosynthesis of the amino acids valine, isoleucine, and leucine. Some of the brand names of these compounds are amidosulfuron, azimsulfuron, bensulfuron-methyl, chlorimuron-ethyl, chlorsulfuron, ethametsulfuron-methyl, cinosulfuron, ethoxysulfuron, flazasulfuron, flupyrsulfuron-methyl-sodium, imazosulfuron, metsulfuron-methyl, nicosulfuron, oxasulfuron, primisulfuron-methyl, prosulfuron, pyrazosulfuron-ethyl, rimsulfuron, sulfometuron-methyl, sulfosulfuron, thifensulfuron-methyl, triasulfuron, tribenuron-methyl, and triflusulfuron-methyl.[18]

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