Effect of insulin in vitro on the isolated, perfused alloxan-diabetic rat liver

Diabetologia. 1978 Jan 14;14(1):47-51. doi: 10.1007/BF00429707.


Withdrawal of exogenous insulin and a subsequent fast (24 h) of alloxan diabetic rats stimulated rates of gluconeogenesis, urogenesis, ketogenesis, and amino acid release by in situ perfused livers when compared to those from normal, fasted rats. The contribution of liver glycogen to the high rates of gluconeogenesis observed with the diabetic liver could be excluded. Perfusate lactate concentrations remained constant during the period when the elevated rate of gluconeogenesis was observed with diabetic liver. Addition of insulin as a bolus (750 mU) and continuous infusion (12.5 mU/min) to the perfusion medium of diabetic livers resulted in constant perfusate levels of glucose, urea and alpha-amino nitrogen indicating a suppression of the catabolic processes present in the fasted, diabetic liver. The rate of ketogenesis was also slowed by insulin to about half the rate prior to addition of the hormone. These data indicate that insulin has an immediate anti-catabolic effect in the perfused, diabetic liver.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / metabolism*
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Insulin / pharmacology*
  • Ketone Bodies / biosynthesis
  • Liver / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Perfusion
  • Rats
  • Urea / biosynthesis


  • Insulin
  • Ketone Bodies
  • Urea