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Insulin precipitation in artificial infusion devices

Abstract

Precipitation of insulin is a problem with mechanical insulin infusion devices. Therefore conditions affecting insulin precipitation have been studied in a recirculating system using a peristaltic pump. Acetate buffer favoured precipitation and a pH of 2, 3 or 8 resulted in no less (and often more) precipitation than a pH of 7 using either acetate of phosphate buffer. However, no precipitation occurred in a phosphate buffered neutral preparation after ten days of pumping through tubing pretreated with EDTA. In comparison at pH 7, using acetate buffer with untreated tubing, more than 95% of insulin was precipitated in ten days. A heavy metal-insulin association appears to be a major factor in the precipitation. However, some formation of insulin fibrils is probable as the precipitate is autocatalytic and partially acid insoluble. Phosphate buffered highly purified porcine insulin is suitable for relatively prolonged infusion if metal ion contamination of the delivery system is minimised.

Type Journal
ISBN 0012-186X (Print)
Authors James, D. E.;Jenkins, A. B.;Kraegen, E. W.;Chisholm, D. J. :
Garvan Authors Prof Ted Kraegen
Publisher Name DIABETOLOGIA
Published Date 1981-01-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 21
Published Issue 6
Published Pages 554-7
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=6802694
Status Published In-print