The In‐vitro Effects of Insulin and the Effects of Acute Fasting on Cardiac β‐Adrenoceptor Responses in the Short‐term Streptozotocin‐diabetic Rat

Clare Austin*, Russell Chess-Williams

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Abstract— This study demonstrates that in‐vitro incubation with insulin results in a reduction of the sensitivity of cardiac tissues from streptozotocin‐diabetic rats to isoprenaline. Following incubation with insulin, the sensitivity of left atria and papillary muscles from diabetic animals was not significantly different from those of control animals. Insulin incubation had no effect on the sensitivity of diabetic tissues to forskolin or on ventricular β‐adrenoceptor number. Reduction of blood glucose in the absence of insulin by fasting, did not affect the sensitivity of tissues from diabetic animals to isoprenaline. These results suggest that insulin itself can directly reduce β‐adrenoceptor sensitivity without altering receptor number. 1994 Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-331
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


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