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Research Article

Vol. 1 No. 2 (1995)

Effect of Physical Training on the Activity of the Low Km Phosphodiesterase in Heart Ventricular and Skeletal Muscle Tissues of Normal and Diabetic Rats

October 31, 2020


This study assessed the effect of physical training on the low Michaelis constant cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase (low Km PDE) activity in heart ventricular tissue and three different skeletal muscle tissues of normal and diabetic rats. Rats were rendered diabetic with streptozotocin (45 mg/kg i.v.) and either kept sedentary (SD, n=16) or submitted to a progressive 10-week treadmill running program (TD, n=17). Two groups of nondiabetic rats served as trained (TC, n=17) and sedentary controls (SC, n=15). The activity of NAD-linked isocitrate dehydrogenase was significantly increased (p < 0.001) in the gastrocnemius muscle of trained animals, confirming that they were adequately trained. Plasma glucose levels were elevated in SD rats (18.8 ± 1.7 mmol/l) compared to those in SC rats (7.7 ± 0.2 mmol/l ; mean ± standard error of the mean [SEM], p < 0.001). These levels were partially normalized following training (12.7 ± 1.7 pmol/l; p < 0.01 vs. SD rats). Plasma insulin levels were significantly reduced in TC rats (223 ± 16 pmol/l) compared with those in SC rats (306 ± 13 pmol/l; p < 0.01). Similarly, the levels in SC rats were significantly different when compared with SD rats (155 ± 15 pmol/l; p < 0.01). In TD rats, plasma insulin levels (156 ± 14 pmol/l) were similar to those of SD rats. This suggests that mild diabetes mellitus in the rat can be improved by endurance training and that improved glycemic control may be mediated by an increase in insulin sensitivity. The low Km PDE activity in the membranes prepared from the four different muscle tissues was not modified by diabetes. Similarly, physical training in normal and diabetic rats did not induce any significant changes in the low Km PDE activity in any of the tissues tested. This suggests that improvements in myocardial contractile function and in glucose homeostasis, as seen in diabetic rats submitted to endurance training, are not associated with changes in PDE.


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