In vivo and in vitro experiments on relationships between PGA1 and glucose utilization

Acta diabetologica latina
R TorellaF D'Onofrio


The in vivo and in vitro effects of PGA1 on glucose utilization were investigated in normal rats and in rats with alloxan-diabetes (50 mg/kg i.v. administered 48 hrs before experiment). The animals were divided into two groups. The first group -- which included both normal and diabetic animals -- was submitted to an IVGIT after a 12-h fast and during a sodium chloride infusion. In the second group -- which equally included normal and diabetic rats -- the same GTT was performed during a sodium chloride infusion in which PGA1 had been diluted, so that a dose of 0.5 g/kg/min was administered. This dose is devoid of any effect on cardiovascular activity. For in vitro experiments, glucose utilization was studied in the rat diaphragm incubated with insulin (200 muU/ml) and PGA1 (10 and 100 ng): results demonstrated that PGA1 enhances the insulin effect on glucose utilization and the enhancement is dose-dependent. The same results were observed also in the in vivo experiments: in normal rats PGA1 really improves glucose utilization without any interference with insulin secretion from B-cells. On the other hand, PGA1 has no effect on this utilization in diabetic rats. From our experiments it can therefore be concluded that PGA1 improve...Continue Reading


Jan 1, 1986·Diabetes/metabolism Reviews·R P Robertson

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