May 1, 1976

Altered hepatic glycogen metabolism and glucoregulatory hormones during sepsis

The American Journal of Physiology
R T CurnowF R DeRubertis

Abstract

Levels of glucose, insulin, and glucagon in portal vein plasma and of liver glycogen and cyclic AMP and activities of glycogen synthase and phosphorylase in liver were assayed in control (CONT) rats and rats infected (INF) with Diplococcus pneumoniae. In INF rats compared with CONT rats, insulin and glucagon levels were higher (8,12,24 h). Activity of synthase I was lower (8, 12, 24 h) and of phosphorylase higher (12 and 24 h) in INF rats. Cyclic AMP levels were higher in INF rats at 12 and 24 h. Total synthase activity was lower in INF rats at 24 h. Glucose given intravenously increased glycogen less in INF than in CONT rats and activated synthase and inactivated phosphorylase in all animals except at 24 h in INF rats. However, in situ perfusion of the livers at 24 h with glucose in buffer decreased phosphorylase activities in all animals and increased synthase I activities in CONT but not INF rats.

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Glucose, (beta-D)-Isomer
Glucagon
Novolin
Cyclic AMP, (R)-Isomer
Pneumococcal Infections
Phosphorylases
Glycogen
Synthase I
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Liver

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