© 1986

Human Insulin

Clinical Pharmacological Studies in Normal Man


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. D. R. Owens
    Pages 1-33
  3. D. R. Owens
    Pages 34-35
  4. D. R. Owens
    Pages 36-45
  5. D. R. Owens
    Pages 46-236
  6. D. R. Owens
    Pages 237-247
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 248-297

About this book


Since insulin became available for the treatment of diabetes in 1922 a number of major advances have been made, which include the modification of insulin to vary its timing of action, its purification, and latterly, the production of human insulin. Human insulin in quantities sufficiently large for therapy has been made available by two techniques developed in parallel during the late 1970s. These involve either (i) formulation in E. coli bacteria suitably encoded by DNA recombinant methods of the A- and B-chains of human insulin followed by a chain combination reaction ('biosynthetic' human insulin) or (ii) enzymatic conversion (transpeptidation) of porcine insulin brought to react with a threonine ester by porcine trypsin in a mixture of water and organic solvents, yielding human insulin ('semi-synthetic' human insulin). This book includes the first clinical-pharmacological studies of each of the highly purified 'semi-synthetic' human insulin preparations: Actrapid ® HM; Monotard® HM; Protaphane® HM; Actraphane® HM; and Ultratard® HM (Novo Industri A/S, Copenhagen). The preliminary studies established their safety and efficacy relative to their porcine and bovine counterparts emphasising the relevance of species and formulation on the pharmacokinetics and biological responses to insulin. Additional investigations with human insulin demonstrated the influence of insulin concentration, site of administration, the addition of aprotinin to insulin and the mixing of 'short-' and 'intermediate-acting' formulations on insulin 'bioavailability'. Examination of the 'within' and 'between' subject day-to-day variation in absorption and the effect of subcutaneous insulin also demonstrates the dominating influence of insulin responsiveness.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Wales College of MedicineCardiff, WalesUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human Insulin
  • Book Subtitle Clinical Pharmacological Studies in Normal Man
  • Authors D.R. Owens
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-85200-951-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8347-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-4161-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 312
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Diabetes
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