Turnover and oxidation rates of plasma-free fatty acids in obese patients treated with dexfenfluramine

Av Greco, Geltrude Mingrone, Pa Tataranni, C Raguso, Andrea De Gaetano, Rm Tacchino, R Lavielle, Giovanni Ghirlanda

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In order to assess a possible direct metabolic effect of dexfenfluramine (dF) apart from its action on food intake reduction, 10 obese postmenopausal women and 10 obese men (BMI = 32.19 +/- 1.99 kg/m2) were studied in a single-blind fashion: 4 weeks on placebo (D-28 to D0) and 4 weeks on dF (D0 to D28). A balanced diet, computed on the basis of basal metabolic rate x 1.4, was followed throughout the study. The patients' alimentary diary was checked for compliance. FFA turnover and oxidation rate, using 1-14C palmitate intravenous infusion, was determined basally (D0), after single high-dose (30 mg, D1) and after long-term (15 mg b.i.d., D28) administration. Indirect calorimetric measurements were performed using a mass spectrometer, and the usual metabolic parameters were computed. The isotope method was used in order to assess plasma FFA oxidation rate. Plasma FFA were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and specific activity was determined at 55, 60, 65 and 70 min by counting dpm in HPLC eluates corresponding to the retention time of palmitate. The turnover rate was not significantly modified after single high-dose dF administration when compared to basal values (6.24 +/- 1.62 at D1 vs. 5.63 +/- 2.07 mmol/kg/min at D0), but was significantly increased at D28 compared with D0 (6.35 +/- 1.96 mmol/kg/min; p < 0.05). A significant increase in FFA oxidation rate was observed with respect to basal values after dF administration both at D1 (0.81 +/- 0.33 at D1 vs. 0.61 +/- 0.21 mmol/kg/min at D0; p < 0.01) and at D28 (0.77 +/- 0.34 mmol/kg/min; p < 0.015).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)237-244
Numero di pagine8
RivistaAnnals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 1993


  • Adult
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Fatty Acids
  • Female
  • Fenfluramine
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Palmitates
  • Postmenopause


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