Acute sub-diaphragmatic anterior vagus nerve stimulation increases peripheral glucose uptake in anaesthetized rats

C. W. Hoornenborg, T. H. van Dijk, J. E. Bruggink, A. P. van Beek, G. van Dijk*

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The sub-diaphragmatic vagus innervates various organs involved in the control of glucose homeostasis including the liver, pancreas and the intestines. In the current study, we investigated the effect of acute electrical stimulation of the anterior trunk of the sub-diaphragmatic vagus on glucose fluxes in anaesthetized adult male rats. After overnight fast, rats underwent either vagus nerve stimulation (VNS+, n = 11; rectangular pulses at 5 Hz, 1.5 mA, 1 msec pulse width) or sham stimulation (VNS-; n = 11) for 120 min under isoflurane anesthesia. Before stimulation, the rats received an i.v. bolus of 1 mL/kg of a sterilized aqueous solution containing 125 mg/mL of D-[6,6- 2H 2] glucose. Endogenous glucose production (EGP) and glucose clearance rate (GCR) were calculated by kinetic analysis from the wash-out of injected D-[6,6- 2H 2]glucose from the circulation. VNS+ resulted in lower glucose levels compared to the VNS- group (p < 0.05), with similar insulin levels. EGP was similar in both groups, but the GCR was higher in the VNS+ group compared to the VNS- group (p < 0.001). Circulating levels of the sympathetic transmitter norepinephrine were reduced by VNS+ relative to VNS- treatment (p < 0.01). It is concluded that acute anterior sub-diaphragmatic VNS causes stimulation of peripheral glucose uptake, while plasma insulin levels remained similar, and this is associated with lower activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalIBRO Neuroscience Reports
Early online date27-Jun-2023
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2023

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