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Acute, local infusion of angiotensin II impairs microvascular and metabolic insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle


Premilovac, D and Attrill, EH and Rattigan, S and Richards, SM and Kim, J and Keske, MA, Acute, local infusion of angiotensin II impairs microvascular and metabolic insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle, Cardiovascular Research pp. 1-12. ISSN 0008-6363 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/cvr/cvy225


Aims: Angiotensin II (AngII) is a potent vasoconstrictor implicated in both hypertension and insulin resistance. Insulin dilates the vasculature in skeletal muscle to increase microvascular blood flow and enhance glucose disposal. In the present study, we investigated whether acute AngII infusion interferes with insulin's microvascular and metabolic actions in skeletal muscle.

Methods and Results: Adult, male Sprague-Dawley rats received a systemic infusion of either saline, AngII, insulin (hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp) or insulin (hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp) plus AngII. A final, separate group of rats received an acute local infusion of AngII into a single hindleg during systemic insulin (hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp) infusion. In all animals systemic metabolic effects, central hemodynamics, femoral artery blood flow, microvascular blood flow and skeletal muscle glucose uptake (isotopic glucose) were monitored. Systemic AngII infusion increased blood pressure, decreased heart rate and markedly increased circulating glucose and insulin concentrations. Systemic infusion of AngII during hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp inhibited insulin-mediated suppression of hepatic glucose output and insulin-stimulated microvascular blood flow in skeletal muscle but did not alter insulin's effects on the femoral artery or muscle glucose uptake. Local AngII infusion did not alter blood pressure, heart rate or circulating glucose and insulin. However, local AngII inhibited insulin-stimulated microvascular blood flow and this was accompanied by reduced skeletal muscle glucose uptake.

Conclusions: Acute infusion of AngII significantly alters basal haemodynamic and metabolic homeostasis in rats. Both local and systemic AngII infusion attenuated insulin's microvascular actions in skeletal muscle, but only local AngII infusion led to reduced insulin-stimulated muscle glucose uptake. While increased local, tissue production of AngII may be a factor that couples microvascular insulin resistance and hypertension, additional studies are needed to determine the molecular mechanisms responsible for these vascular defects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microvascular blood flow, muscle metabolism, angiotensin II, insulin
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical physiology
Research Field:Systems physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Premilovac, D (Dr Dino Premilovac)
UTAS Author:Attrill, EH (Miss Emily Attrill)
UTAS Author:Rattigan, S (Professor Stephen Rattigan)
UTAS Author:Richards, SM (Dr Stephen Richards)
UTAS Author:Keske, MA (Dr Michelle Keske)
ID Code:129059
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-11-07
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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