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Differences in glucose transport rates between perfused and in vitro incubated muscles

Differences in glucose transport rates between perfused and in vitro incubated muscles

Hormone and Metabolic Research 22(7): 366-368

In vitro incubated muscles are a convenient preparation for glucose transport studies, but it is not known how closely they reflect the in vivo condition. Perfused muscle preparations more closely resemble the in vivo condition, and thus to validate the use of in vitro incubated muscles, we have compared glucose transport rates in the two preparations. 3-O-Methylglucose transport rates in incubated soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle strips were compared to transport rates obtained in SOL and EDL muscles removed from perfused hindquarters. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (250 g) were used for both procedures. SOL muscles showed an average 25% higher transport rate than EDL muscles at all insulin concentrations examined (0-100 nM) in the perfused system. This difference was diminished in the incubated muscles, SOL being 15% greater than EDL, but the relationship between the two muscles was maintained. Basal transport was lower and maximal transport was higher in the perfused muscles compared to the incubated muscles. This resulted in significantly higher fold stimulation in the perfused vs. incubated muscles (15 vs. 2.5 in the SOL, and 9.8 vs. 2.3 in the EDL). We conclude that in vitro muscle preparations may be convenient for showing relative differences between experimental treatments, but absolute transport rates and insulin stimulation must be interpreted with caution.

Accession: 002072292

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PMID: 2205555

DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1004923

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