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Kingston; s.n; Oct. 1982. 341 p. ills, tab.
Tese em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-13680


Low insulin release has been observed in PEM; however, structural damage of the endocrine pancreas is not considered a major causative factor. Although PEM can be considered a stress situation, and catecholamines are known to be inhibitors of insulin release, little work has been done on the role of the sympathoadrenal system on insulin release in PEM. Control rats (132ñ2.6 g) and malnourished rats (53ñ0.55 g) fed on lab chow for 21-28 days after weaning were anaesthethized with 50 mg/kg body weight sodium-pentobarbital intraperitoneally, and blood for insulin radioimmunoassay sampled from the portal vein. Fasting insulin levels in 30 malnourished and 30 control rats were 1.6ñ0.4 and 3.93ñ0.26 uU/ml respectively (p<0.001). The two groups of animals showed a significant difference in insulin output in response to glucose load. After collecting fasting blood in malnourished and control rats, an alpha-receptor blocker, phentolamine (0.25 mg/kg body weight), was administered through the inferior vena cava and blood sampled over a period of 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. The area under the curves showed no difference in magnitude of insulin release in the two groups. Administering O-methyltyrosine (80 mg/kg body weight) for four days before sacrifice, catecholamine synthesis was blocked in 30 control and 30 malnourished rats. The fasting insulin levels in control and malnourished rats were 9.83ñ0.86 uU/ml and 9.63ñ0.6 uU/ml respectively. The insulin response to intravenous glucose challenge in the control and malnourished rats treated with O-methyl tyrosine for four days before sacrifice was exaggerated during the first phase of release and was of the same magnitude in both groups as compared with rats without drug treatment. Fifteen control and 15 malnourished rats were treated with tranquilizer, diazepam (0.15 mg/kg body weight), over a period of 10-14 days. Fasting insulin levels in the malnourished and control rats were 3.17ñ0.16 uU/ml and 4.61ñ0.11 uU/ml respectively, a significant increase (p<0.001) in the malnourished animals compared with rats without drug treatment. The plasma calcium and potassium levels, which are known to influence insulin release, showed no significant difference between control and malnourished groups. Finally, the histological examination of the islets by light microscopy showed the presence of "normal" B cells in both the malnourished and control rats. These results show that the sympathoadrenal system is one of the factors causing low insulin release in PEM. Although in PEM low insulin output is a form of adaptation to life, high insulin levels are required during treatment. The anabolic effect of insulin might, therefore, be enhanced if PEM patients were subjected to less stress during the period of treatment (AU)

Ratos , Desnutrição Proteico-Calórica/metabolismo , Insulina/metabolismo , Glândulas Suprarrenais , Sistema Nervoso Simpático , Estresse Fisiológico , Transtornos Nutricionais/veterinária , Radioimunoensaio/métodos , Glucose/metabolismo , Fentolamina/metabolismo
Respiration ; 40(3): 123-7, 1980.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-10650


The study examined the reactivity of the tracheobronchial tree of rats maintained on low protein and tryptophan-deficient diets. It was found that: (1) Rats maintained on 5 percent protein or triptophan-deficient diets showed little or no weight gain. A 15 percent protein diet was adequate for normal growth of female rats, but not of male rats. (2) Airways of malnourished rats showed significant bronchoconstriction when treated to an acetylcholine (AcCH) concentration of 10 to the 11 power M. The treshold concentration of AcCh for normal rats was 10 to the -5 M. Airways of malnourished rats were also more sensitive to cold. (3) Rehabilitation of the malnourished rats attenuated the response to AcCh. Recovery, however, was not complete. (4) Prior application of phentolamine and atropine markedly reduced the sensitivity of the airways of malnourished rats to AcCh. The results seem to indicate that O-adrenoceptors and the vagus nerve may be involved in the observed increased reactivity of airways of malnourished rats.(AU)

Ratos , 21003 , Masculino , Feminino , Contração Muscular/efeitos dos fármacos , Músculo Liso/fisiopatologia , Triptofano/deficiência , Acetilcolina/farmacologia , Atropina/farmacologia , Temperatura Baixa , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Tono Muscular/efeitos dos fármacos , Fentolamina/farmacologia