Exaggerated peripheral responses to catecholamines contributes to stress-induced hyperglycemia in the ob/ob mouse.

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The present study investigated the contribution of altered sympathetic reactivity to the stress-induced hyperglycemia observed in the c57BL/6J (ob/ob) mouse, an animal model of type II diabetes. Blood glucose and insulin responses to sympathetic agonist and antagonist administration were evaluated in ob/ob mice and their nondiabetic, lean (ob/?) littermates. In addition, the ability of nutritional status to modify these responses was determined. These studies demonstrated that epinephrine administration to ob/ob mice caused an exaggerated increase in blood glucose and decrease in plasma insulin in ob/ob mice relative to lean littermates. The dose response curve for epinephrine-induced increases in blood glucose were shifted to the left, and the duration of the blood glucose and plasma insulin responses was longer. Differences between ob/ob mice and their nondiabetic littermates were greater when animals were tested in the fasted state. In addition, administration of the alpha adrenergic antagonist phentolamine caused a larger increase in plasma insulin in ob/ob mice than was observed in lean littermates. These results suggest that altered peripheral responses to sympathetic stimuli contribute to stress-induced hyperglycemia in ob/ob mice, and raise the possibility that altered sympathetic function is an etiologic factor in development of diabetes in these animals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kuhn, CM; Cochrane, C; Feinglos, MN; Surwit, RS

Published Date

  • March 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 491 - 495

PubMed ID

  • 3554269

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-3057

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0091-3057(87)90154-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States