Acarbose is a competitive inhibitor of mammalian lysosomal acid alpha-D-glucosidases.

Intraperitoneal injections (approximately 400 mg/kg of body weight) of acarbose, an inhibitor of acid (1----4)-alpha-D-glucosidase, perturb the metabolism of glycogen in the liver, resulting in excess storage of lysosomal glycogen. The metabolism of skeletal muscle glycogen was unaffected, suggesting that acarbose either does not enter the tissue or that… (More)