ALDOSE REDUCTASE INHIBITORS

ALDOSE REDUCTASE INHIBITORS (ARI) act at the enzyme aldose reductase, which is the first enzyme in the sorbitol (or polyol) pathway which converts glucose to sorbitol. It is thought that in hyperglycaemic states there may be an accumulation of sorbitol, leading to hyperosmotic pathology. ARI agents are under trial for use in the treatment of peripheral diabetic neuropathies, retinopathy and nephropathies. (These include tolrestat, also alrestatin, sorbinil, zenarestat and zopolrestat)