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Matthieu Giraud, Anne-Sophie Droz, Stephane Varray, El Djouhar Rekai, Marie-Helene Brichard, Daniel Latassa, Christine Devijver, Pascal Gilles, Jeanne-Marie Cauvin, Fernando Albericio, Marta Paradis Bas, «PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF EXENATIDE AND OF AN EXENATIDE ANALOGUE.» U.S. Patent US20110046349, issued February 24, 2011.

General References
  1. Gao W, Jusko WJ: Target-mediated pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic model of exendin-4 in rats, monkeys, and humans. Drug Metab Dispos. 2012 May;40(5):990-7. doi: 10.1124/dmd.111.042291. Epub 2012 Feb 15.
  2. Copley K, McCowen K, Hiles R, Nielsen LL, Young A, Parkes DG: Investigation of exenatide elimination and its in vivo and in vitro degradation. Curr Drug Metab. 2006 May;7(4):367-74.
  3. Liao S, Liang Y, Zhang Z, Li J, Wang J, Wang X, Dou G, Zhang Z, Liu K: In vitro metabolic stability of exendin-4: pharmacokinetics and identification of cleavage products. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 27;10(2):e0116805. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116805. eCollection 2015.
  4. FDA Drug Approval Package: Exenatide
  5. FDA Pharmacology Review: Exenatide
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A10BJ01 — Exenatide

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Dosage forms
Form Route Strength
Injection, powder, for suspension, extended release Subcutaneous 2 mg
Injection, powder, for suspension, extended release; kit Subcutaneous 2 mg
Injection, suspension, extended release Subcutaneous 2 mg/0.65mL
Kit Subcutaneous 2 mg/0.65mL
Injection, suspension, extended release Subcutaneous 2 mg/0.85mL
Suspension, extended release Subcutaneous 2 mg
Injection Subcutaneous 250 ug/1mL
Injection, solution Subcutaneous 10 micrograms
Injection, solution Subcutaneous 5 micrograms
Solution Subcutaneous 10 mcg
Solution Subcutaneous 5 mcg
Unit description Cost Unit
Byetta 10 MCG Pen 10 mcg/0.04ml Solution 2.4ml Pen 324.23USD pen
Byetta 5 mcg dose pen inj 316.76USD ml
Byetta 5 MCG Pen 5 mcg/0.02ml Solution 1.2ml Pen 276.57USD pen

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Exenatide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog. It functions to activate the GLP-1 receptor and increases insulin secretion, decrease glucagon secretion, and slow gastric emptying to improve glycemic control. Exenatide was given FDA approval on April 28, 2005.

Protein structure
Protein chemical formula
Protein average weight
4186.6 Da

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  • Exenatida
  • Exenatide
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  • Exendin 4
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AC 2993AC-002993AC-2993AC-2993AAC-2993LARAC002993AC2993AC2993ADA-3091ITCA-650LY-2148568LY2148568
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Exenatide is indicated for improving glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus along with diet and exercise.

Associated Conditions

When patients take exenatide the body’s natural response to glucose is modulated. More insulin and less glucagon are released in response to glucose, though in cases of hypoglycemia a normal amount of glucagon is released. Exenatide also slows gastric emptying, leading to a slower and prolonged release of glucose into the systemic circulation. Together these effects prevent hyper and hypoglycemia.

Mechanism of action

Exenatide is a human glucacon-like peptide-1(GLP-1) receptor agonist. By activating this receptor, insulin secretion is increased and glucagon secretion is decreased in a glucose dependant manner. Exenatide also slows gastric emptying and decreases food intake. These effects work synergistically to improve glycemic control by reducing the likelihood of hyper and hypoglycemia.

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Exenatide reaches a peak plasma concentration in 2.1 hours. Because exenatide is administerd subcutaneously, the bioavailability is 1.

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Protein binding

Protein binding of exenatide has not been determined.


Exenatide is filtered through the glomerulus before being degraded to smaller peptides and amino acids by dipeptidyl peptidase-4, metalloproteases, endopeptidase 24-11, amino proteases, and serine proteases,. It is currently believed that the metalloproteases are responsible for most of the degradation of exenatide. Exenatide is metabolised to small peptides .

Route of elimination

Exenatide is mainly eliminated by glomerular filtration followed by proteolysis before finally being eliminated in the urine,.

Half life

2.4 hours


9.1 L/hour.


In animal studies, exenatide was associated with fetal deformities of ribs and vertebrae as well as slowed growth. In humans, uncontrolled hyperglycemia can be associated with an up to 25% risk of miscarriage. No human studies in pregnancy have been performed with exenatide and so exenatide should only be prescribed in pregnancy if the benefit to the mother and fetus outweigh the risks. In mice, exenatide is excreted in the milk at a concentration 2.5% of the plasma concentration though this data may not be applicable to humans. The effect of exenatide on breastfed infants is also unknown and so the risk and benefit of breastfeeding while taking exenatide must be weighed. There is no data for the use of exenatide in pediatric patients. Geriatric patients do not have different results for safety and efficacy of exenatide though caution should still be used in this group as they are at higher risk of renal impairment or other comorbidities that may affect the liklihood of adverse effects. No dosage adjustments are necessary for patients with creatinine clearance ≥50mL/min, though prescribing to patients with creatinine clearance 30-50mL/min should be done cautiously. Exenatide is not recommended for patients with creatinine clearance . Hepatic impairment is not expected to affect clearance of exenatide though no studies have been performed to confirm this.

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Mechanism of action

Exenatide binds to the intact human Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) in a similar way to the human peptide glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1); exenatide bears a 50% amino acid homology to GLP-1 and it has a longer half-life in vivo.

Exenatide is believed to facilitate glucose control in at least five ways:

  1. Exenatide augments pancreas response (i.e. increases insulin secretion) in response to eating meals; the result is the release of a higher, more appropriate amount of insulin that helps lower the rise in blood sugar from eating. Once blood sugar levels decrease closer to normal values, the pancreas response to produce insulin is reduced; other drugs (like injectable insulin) are effective at lowering blood sugar, but can «overshoot» their target and cause blood sugar to become too low, resulting in the dangerous condition of hypoglycemia.
  2. Exenatide also suppresses pancreatic release of glucagon in response to eating, which helps stop the liver from overproducing sugar when it is unneeded, which prevents hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels).
  3. Exenatide helps slow down gastric emptying and thus decreases the rate at which meal-derived glucose appears in the bloodstream.
  4. Exenatide has a subtle yet prolonged effect to reduce appetite, promote satiety via hypothalamic receptors (different receptors than for amylin). Most people using exenatide slowly lose weight, and generally the greatest weight loss is achieved by people who are the most overweight at the beginning of exenatide therapy. Clinical trials have demonstrated the weight reducing effect continues at the same rate through 2.25 years of continued use. When separated into weight loss quartiles, the highest 25% experience substantial weight loss, and the lowest 25% experience no loss or small weight gain.
  5. Exenatide reduces liver fat content. Fat accumulation in the liver or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is strongly related with several metabolic disorders, in particular low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, present in patients with type 2 diabetes. It became apparent that exenatide reduced liver fat in mice, rat and more recently in man.

In 2016 work published showing that it can reverse impaired calcium signalling in steatotic liver cells, which, in turn, might be associated with proper glucose control.


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(R)-warfarin Exenatide can cause an increase in the absorption of (R)-warfarin resulting in an increased serum concentration and potentially a worsening of adverse effects.
(S)-Warfarin Exenatide can cause an increase in the absorption of (S)-Warfarin resulting in an increased serum concentration and potentially a worsening of adverse effects.
2,4-thiazolidinedione The risk or severity of hypoglycemia can be increased when Exenatide is combined with 2,4-thiazolidinedione.
4-hydroxycoumarin Exenatide can cause an increase in the absorption of 4-hydroxycoumarin resulting in an increased serum concentration and potentially a worsening of adverse effects.
5-(2-methylpiperazine-1-sulfonyl)isoquinoline The therapeutic efficacy of Exenatide can be increased when used in combination with 5-(2-methylpiperazine-1-sulfonyl)isoquinoline.
7,8-Dichloro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline 7,8-Dichloro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline may increase the hypoglycemic activities of Exenatide.
Acarbose The risk or severity of hypoglycemia can be increased when Acarbose is combined with Exenatide.
Acebutolol The therapeutic efficacy of Exenatide can be increased when used in combination with Acebutolol.
Acenocoumarol Exenatide can cause an increase in the absorption of Acenocoumarol resulting in an increased serum concentration and potentially a worsening of adverse effects.
Acetazolamide The therapeutic efficacy of Exenatide can be increased when used in combination with Acetazolamide.

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Side effects

The main side effects of exenatide use are gastrointestinal in nature, including acid or sour stomach, belching, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting; exenatide is therefore not meant for people with severe gastrointestinal disease. Other side effects include dizziness, headache, and feeling jittery. Drug interactions listed on the package insert include delayed or reduced concentrations of lovastatin, paracetamol (acetaminophen), and digoxin, although this has not been proven to alter the effectiveness of these other medications.

In response to postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis in patients using exenatide, the FDA added a warning to the labeling of Byetta in 2007. In August 2008, four additional deaths from pancreatitis in users of exenatide were reported to the FDA; while no definite relationship had been established, the FDA was reportedly considering additional changes to the drug’s labeling. Examination of the medical records of the millions of patients part of the United Healthcare Insurance plans did not show any greater rate of pancreatitis among Byetta users than among diabetic patients on other medications. However, diabetics do have a slightly greater incidence of pancreatitis than do non-diabetics.

It also may increase risk of mild sulfonylurea-induced hypoglycemia.

Additionally, the FDA has raised concerns over the lack of data to determine if the long-acting once-weekly version of exenatide (but not the twice-daily form of exenatide) may increase thyroid cancer risk. This concern comes out of observing a very small but nevertheless increased risk of thyroid cancer in rodents that was observed for another drug (liraglutide) that is in the same class as exenatide. The data available for exenatide showed less of a risk towards thyroid cancer than liraglutide, but to better quantify the risk the FDA has required Amylin to conduct additional rodent studies to better identify the thyroid issue. The approved form of the once weekly exenatide has a black box warning discussing the thyroid issue. Eli Lilly has reported they have not seen a link in humans, but that it cannot be ruled out. Eli Lilly has stated the drug causes an increase in thyroid problems in rats given high doses.

In March 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication announcing investigations into incretin mimetics due to findings by academic researchers. A few weeks later, the European Medicines Agency launched a similar investigation into GLP-1 agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors.


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Details1. Glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor

Pharmacological action
General Function
Transmembrane signaling receptor activity
Specific Function
This is a receptor for glucagon-like peptide 1. The activity of this receptor is mediated by G proteins which activate adenylyl cyclase.
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Uniprot ID
Uniprot Name
Glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor
Molecular Weight
53025.22 Da
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Details1. Dipeptidyl peptidase 4

Pharmacological action
General Function
Virus receptor activity
Specific Function
Cell surface glycoprotein receptor involved in the costimulatory signal essential for T-cell receptor (TCR)-mediated T-cell activation. Acts as a positive regulator of T-cell coactivation, by bindi…
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Uniprot ID
Uniprot Name
Dipeptidyl peptidase 4
Molecular Weight
88277.935 Da
  1. Liao S, Liang Y, Zhang Z, Li J, Wang J, Wang X, Dou G, Zhang Z, Liu K: In vitro metabolic stability of exendin-4: pharmacokinetics and identification of cleavage products. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 27;10(2):e0116805. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116805. eCollection 2015.


Details1. Serum albumin

Pharmacological action
General Function
Toxic substance binding
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Serum albumin, the main protein of plasma, has a good binding capacity for water, Ca(2+), Na(+), K(+), fatty acids, hormones, bilirubin and drugs. Its main function is the regulation of the colloid…
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Serum albumin
Molecular Weight
69365.94 Da
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