Background: The soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator praliciguat (PRL) lowers blood pressure and improves metabolism in preclinical models. PRL is under development for diabetic nephropathy and therefore combination with antidiabetic agents such as empagliflozin (EMPA), a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, is of interest. Here, we assessed the metabolic effects of PRL, EMPA, and their combination in SD rats with programmed hypertension and early exposure to high fat diet (HT-HF), a model with several features of metabolic syndrome - hypertension, glucose intolerance and increased adiposity.

Methods: Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and abdominal fat (AF) were determined at 12 weeks of age in 4 groups of HT-HF rats that were subsequently treated for 6 weeks with vehicle control (HT-HF), PRL (10 mg/kg/day), EMPA (7.5 mg/kg/day), or PRL+EMPA. A normotensive, non-disease group on normal diet was also included. At Week 6 of treatment, an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (GTT) was performed, and MAP, AF, plasma leptin, and adipocyte area (AA) were measured.

Results: See table.

Conclusion: The sGC stimulator praliciguat in combination with the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin has additive pharmacological effects in a rat programmed hypertension model.


C. Schwartzkopf: None. V. Reverte Ribó: Research Support; Self; Cyclerion. F. Rodriguez: Research Support; Self; CYCLERION. L. Oltra: Research Support; Self; Cyclerion. J. Moreno Ayuso: Research Support; Self; Cyclerion. M. Llinás: Research Support; Self; Cyclerion. A.S. Nicolas: None. C. Shea: None. M. Currie: Employee; Self; Cyclerion Therapeutics. Stock/Shareholder; Self; Cyclerion Therapeutics. J.E. Jones: None. E.S. Buys: Employee; Self; Cyclerion. Stock/Shareholder; Self; Cyclerion. J. Masferrer: None. F. Salazar aparicio: Research Support; Self; Cyclerion.

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