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Growth hormone-induced insulin resistance and its relationship to lipid availability in the rat


The role of increased lipid availability in the generation of insulin resistance by growth hormone has not been established. We investigated this in rats infused with saline (controls) or human growth hormone (hGH) (500 micrograms x kg-1 x 24 h-1) for 5 h or 3 days. hGH infusion increased basal plasma insulin at 5 h (335 +/- 33 vs. 197 +/- 15 [controls]; P < 0.005) and at 3 days (396 +/- 34 vs. 218 +/- 14 pmol/l; P < 0.0001). Plasma nonesterified fatty acid (0.26 +/- 0.01 vs. 0.21 +/- 0.01 [controls] g/l) and liver long-chain acyl-CoA (21.2 +/- 1.9 vs. 14.1 +/- 1.1 [controls] nmol/g wet wt) were elevated at 5 h (P < 0.01 for both) but were below control levels after 3 days of hGH infusion (P < 0.01 for both); indirect calorimetry after 3 days demonstrated decreased lipid oxidation. Clamp studies showed similar degrees of peripheral insulin resistance at 5-h and 3-day hGH infusion (glucose disposal reduced by 25% versus controls). Insulin-stimulated glucose metabolic index (Rg') in red gastrocnemius muscle (red muscle) was reduced (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01) at 5 h and 3 days of hGH infusion, respectively (e.g., 5 h, 10.0 +/- 1.8 vs. 24.1 +/- 4.4 [controls] micromol x 100 g-1 x min-1), whereas insulin-mediated muscle glycogen synthesis was reduced (P < 0.03) only in rats infused with hGH for 3 days. We conclude that in the rat, hGH rapidly induces persistent peripheral insulin resistance and basal hyperinsulinemia. However, the transient nature of increased lipid mobilization suggests that it is not an important factor in the manifestation of muscle insulin resistance during prolonged hGH elevation. The persistent insulin resistance is not associated with increased lipid oxidation but is associated with hyperinsulinemia and reduced insulin-mediated muscle glycogen synthesis.

Type Journal
ISBN 0012-1797 (Print)
Authors Hettiarachchi, M.;Watkinson, A.;Jenkins, A. B.;Theos, V.;Ho, K. K.;Kraegen, E. W. :
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Edward Kraegen
Publisher Name DIABETES
Published Date 1996-01-01
Published Volume 45
Published Issue 4
Published Pages 415-21
Status Published in-print
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