Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 188, Issue 1, pp 165–184 | Cite as

Metabolomics Based on MS in Mice with Diet-Induced Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: the Effect of Vildagliptin, Metformin, and Their Combination

  • Petra Tomášová
  • Martina Bugáňová
  • Helena Pelantová
  • Martina Holubová
  • Blanka Šedivá
  • Blanka Železná
  • Martin Haluzík
  • Lenka Maletínská
  • Jaroslav Kuneš
  • Marek KuzmaEmail author


Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major epidemiological problem. Metformin and vildagliptin are well-established antidiabetic drugs. The aim of the study was to evaluate the changes of plasma metabolic profile induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) and subsequent oral administration of metformin, vildagliptin, and their combination in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity (DIO)/T2DM analyzed using quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (qTOF-MS). Metformin treatment increased the levels of butyrylcarnitine and acylcarnitine C18:1 concentrations and decreased the levels of isoleucine concentrations compared to untreated HFD mice. Vildagliptin treatment increased levels of butyrylcarnitine and acetylcarnitine. In summary, our metabolomics study revealed multiple differences between obese diabetic HFD mice and lean standard chow diet (SCD) mice, which were partially modifiable by subsequent metformin and vildagliptin treatment.


Mass spectrometry Metabolomics Diet-induced obese mice Plasma Vildagliptin Metformin 


Funding Information

This research was financially supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic [Grant No. GA13-14105S] and Programme to support medical applied research, Ministry of Health, Czech Republic 2015-2022 [NV15-26854A]. This project was conducted within the “Prague Infrastructure for Structure Biology and Metabolomics” with the financial support of the Operational Program Prague – Competitiveness [Project No. CZ.2.16/3.1.00/24023] and institutional support [RVO 61388963, 67985823, 61388971, and RVO VFN64165]. The authors would also like to acknowledge project LO1509 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic for financial support.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

All experiments were conducted according to the ethical guidelines for animal experiments and the Czech Republic law no. 246/1992 and were approved through the Committee for Experiments with Laboratory Animals of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Tomášová
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martina Bugáňová
    • 1
    • 3
  • Helena Pelantová
    • 1
  • Martina Holubová
    • 4
  • Blanka Šedivá
    • 5
  • Blanka Železná
    • 4
  • Martin Haluzík
    • 6
    • 7
  • Lenka Maletínská
    • 4
  • Jaroslav Kuneš
    • 4
    • 8
  • Marek Kuzma
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyThe Czech Academy of SciencesPrague 4Czech Republic
  2. 2.Fourth Medical Department, First Faculty of MedicineCharles University in Prague and General University HospitalPrague 2Czech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of Chemical TechnologyUniversity of Chemistry and Technology PraguePrague 6Czech Republic
  4. 4.Institute of Organic Chemistry and BiochemistryThe Czech Academy of SciencesPrague 6Czech Republic
  5. 5.Faculty of Applied SciencesUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic
  6. 6.Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics; First Faculty of MedicineCharles University in Prague and General University HospitalPrague 2Czech Republic
  7. 7.Centre for Experimental MedicineInstitute for Clinical and Experimental MedicinePrague 4Czech Republic
  8. 8.Institute of PhysiologyThe Czech Academy of SciencesPrague 4Czech Republic

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