Systemic and tissue-specific effects of aliskiren on the RAAS and carbohydrate/lipid metabolism in obese patients with hypertension


  • S. Engeli
  • M. May
  • J. Nussberger
  • A.H.J. Danser
  • W.P. Dole
  • M.F. Prescott
  • M. Dahlke
  • S. Stitah
  • P. Pal
  • M. Boschmann
  • J. Jordan


  • Journal of the American Society of Hypertension


  • J Am Soc Hypertens 11 (8): 488-497


  • Aliskiren penetrates adipose and skeletal muscle in hypertensive patients with abdominal obesity and reduces renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activity. After discontinuation, blood pressure-lowering effects are observed possibly through drug-tissue binding. We performed microdialysis evaluation of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle before and during an insulin-modified frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test (IM-FSIGT). Aliskiren 300 mg (n = 8) or amlodipine 5 mg (n = 8) once daily were administered during a 12-week randomized treatment period. Aliskiren elicited variable changes in median interstitial angiotensin II (Ang II) in adipose (2.60-1.30 fmol/mL) and skeletal muscle (2.23-0.68 fmol/mL); amlodipine tended to increase adipose and skeletal muscle Ang II (P = .066 for skeletal muscle treatment difference). Glucose/insulin increased median plasma Ang II 1 hour after glucose injection (1.04-2.50 fmol/mL; P = .001), which was markedly attenuated by aliskiren but not amlodipine. Aliskiren increased glucose disposition index (P = .012) and tended to increase acute insulin response to glucose (P = .067). Fasting adipose glycerol (-17%; P = .064) and fasting muscle glucose dialysate (-17%; P = .025) were decreased by aliskiren but not amlodipine. In summary, aliskiren decreased Ang II production in response to glucose/insulin stimulus and elicited metabolic effects in adipose and skeletal muscle suggestive of increased whole-body glucose utilization.