Penetration of peripheral glucose and insulin into cerebrospinal fluid in rats

A.B. Steffens, A.J.W. Scheurink, Jr. Porte, S.C. Woods

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In this study the penetration of plasma insulin and glucose into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was investigated. Rats were implanted with cannulas in the cisterna magna and into the left and right jugular veins. Freely moving rats were intravenously infused during 4 h with either glucose solution (10 mg/min) or saline. Before, during, and after the infusions, simultaneous blood and CSF samples were taken. Infusion of glucose led to an immediate rise of both plasma glucose and insulin. Although CSF glucose followed plasma glucose within 10 min, CSF insulin was unchanged until 40 min. After termination of the glucose infusion, levels of all substances returned to base line within 10 min. Twenty-four-hour food deprivation resulted in a significant decrease of plasma glucose, plasma insulin, CSF glucose, and CSF insulin. At the onset of eating after deprivation, an increase of plasma glucose and insulin occurred within 10 min, whereas CSF glucose was delayed between 10 and 40 min, after which ad libitum values were attained or surpassed. CSF insulin always remained below ad libitum levels. It is concluded that 1) glucose and insulin penetrate into the CSF and 2) CSF insulin and glucose can fulfill a putative feedback in homeostatic control of food intake and body weight.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)R200-R204
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftThe American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - aug-1988

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