Irish back obesity-battling peptide encapsulation

Irish back obesity-battling peptide encapsulation

Related tags Diabetes mellitus Insulin Diabetes mellitus type 2

Irish biotech player AnaBio Technologies is promoting its peptide encapsulation methods for weight management diabetes-focused applications.

AnaBio is part of the Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre​ in Cork in southern Ireland and says its patented technology can boost oral delivery of peptides.

AnaBio said its method promoted the release of ‘satiety hormones’ and signaling peptides like glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) and cholecystokinin (CCK) in the gut.

It said the technology could also deliver peptides to specific gut targets.

“Hence, this encapsulation system provides a novel dietary tool to control appetite and food intake,”​ it said.

Research shows that GLP-1 and CCK delay gastric emptying and promote a feeling of satiety.

“As a result, methods of enhancing GLP-1 secretion and oral peptide delivery has gained credibility from food formulators for the treatment of obesity and type-II diabetes. However, several major obstacles hinder oral peptide delivery as it is sensitive to stomach acid and enzymes.”

“So GLP-1 requires added protection to succeed as a credible treatment for type-II diabetes or obesity.”

The encapsulation method offered potential to allow GLP-1 to be, “administered in low doses, earlier and more efficiently in the progression of obesity and type II diabetes, which potentially broadens the market.”

“The technology also generates capsules with a muco-adhesive surface to enable prolonged hormone secretion and peptide residence time at the systemic target site.”

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