Aug 1, 1977

Metabolic responses to catecholamines in dogs injected with a single dose of triiodothyronine

Archives internationales de physiologie et de biochimie
Z Brzezińska, H Kaciuba-Uścilko


Lipolytic and glycogenolytic responses to catecholamine infusions were studied in resting dogs before and 20 h following administration of a single dose (0.1 mg/kg) of triiodothyronine (T3). In the dogs pretreated with T3 much higher increases in the plasma FFA concentration were found both during noradrenaline and adrenaline infusions in comparison with control experiments. Adrenaline-induced increases in blood LA and glucose levels were also significantly higher in T3-pretreated dogs than in controls. The blockade of beta-adrenergic receptors with propranolol prevented the increases in blood FFA and LA concentrations during subsequent adrenaline infusion. Phentolamine -- the alpha-adrenergic blocking agent -- infused to the T3-pretreated dog inhibited the adrenaline-induced rise in blood glucose level. The observed changes in the metabolic responses to catecholamines induced by triiodothyronine pretreatment indicate that at least in the dog this hormone potentiates both the lipolytic and glycogenolytic effects of catecholamines acting on appropriate adrenergic receptors.

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Catecholamine [EPC]
Catecholamines Measurement
Norepinephrine, (+, -)-Isomer
Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists
Epinephrine Measurement
Lipid Mobilization

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