Molecular Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 68–76 | Cite as

Acute Hepatic Insulin Resistance Contributes to Hyperglycemia in Rats Following Myocardial Infarction

  • Jiali Wang
  • Baoshan Liu
  • Hui Han
  • Qiuhuan Yuan
  • Mengyang Xue
  • Feng Xu
  • Yuguo Chen
Research Article


Although hyperglycemia is common in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI), the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Insulin signaling plays a key role in the regulation of glucose homeostasis. In this study, we test the hypothesis that rapid alteration of insulin signaling pathways could be a potential contributor to acute hyperglycemia after MI. Male rats were used to produce MI by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Plasma glucose and insulin levels were significantly higher in MI rats than those in controls. Insulin-stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) was reduced significantly in the liver tissue of MI rats compared with controls, followed by decreased attachment of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) p85 subunit with IRS1 and Akt phosphorylation. However, insulin-stimulated signaling was not altered significantly in skeletal muscle after MI. The relative mRNA levels of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) and G6Pase were slightly higher in the liver tissue of MI rats than those in controls. Rosiglitazone (ROSI) markedly restored hepatic insulin signaling, inhibited gluconeogenesis and reduced plasma glucose levels in MI rats. Insulin resistance develops rapidly in liver but not skeletal muscle after MI, which contributes to acute hyperglycemia. Therapy aimed at potentiating hepatic insulin signaling may be beneficial for MI-induced hyperglycemia.



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81170136,81100147,81300103,81300219), the Taishan Scholar Program of Shandong Province (ts20130911), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (20130131110048), a grant from Department of Science and Technology of Shandong Province (2011GSF11806) and the Shandong Provincial Outstanding Medical Academic Professional Program, 1020 Program from the Health Department of Shandong Province, China.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiali Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Baoshan Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Hui Han
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qiuhuan Yuan
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mengyang Xue
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Feng Xu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Yuguo Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Emergency, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Public Health, Qilu HospitalShandong UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Chest Pain Center, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Public Health, Qilu HospitalShandong UniversityJinanChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine of Shandong Province, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Public Health, Qilu HospitalShandong UniversityJinanChina
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Remodeling and Function Research, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Public Health Qilu HospitalShandong UniversityJinanChina
  5. 5.Qilu HospitalShandong UniversityJinanChina

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