Plasma catecholamine and corticosterone and their in vitro effects on lizard skeletal muscle lactate metabolism

T. T. Gleeson, P. M. Dalessio, J. A. Carr, S. J. Wickler, R. S. Mazzeo

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Lizard skeletal muscles utilize primarily lactate as a gluconeogenic substrate for glycogen replenishment following exercise. To understand the influence of selected hormones on this process, we measured changes in plasma catecholamines and corticosterone resulting from exercise in the lizard Dipsosaurus dorsalis and then investigated the physiological effects of those hormones on skeletal muscle lactate and glucose metabolism in vitro. Plasma epinephrine (Epi), norepinephrine, and corticosterone (Cort) increased 5.8, 10.2, and 2.2 times, respectively, after 5 min of exhaustive exercise. Epi and Cort levels remained elevated after 2 h of recovery. Skeletal muscle fiber bundles isolated from the red and white regions of the iliofibularis muscle were incubated 2 h at 40°C in the presence of postexercise concentrations of [14C]lactate (15 mM) and glucose (8.5 mM) in the presence and absence of Epi or Cort. Red muscle oxidized both substrates at 2-3 times the rate of white muscle, and both red and white fibers oxidized lactate at 5-10 times the rate of glucose oxidation. Epi had a stimulatory effect on lactate oxidation by white muscle. Lactate incorporation into glycogen proceeded at 2-3 times the rate of glucose incorporation in both muscle types, with rates in red muscle again 2-3 times that for white muscle. Epi stimulated lactate carbon incorporation into glycogen by 50-140% in both red and white muscle but had no effect on glucose incorporation into glycogen in either tissue. We interpret these data as evidence that epinephrine stimulates lactate removal by skeletal muscle. Cort had no effect on lactate metabolism in either muscle type. The stimulatory effect of epinephrine is estimated to reduce the time necessary for lactate removal in the intact animal by nearly 50%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R632-R639
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number3 34-3
StatePublished - 1993


  • Dipsosaurus dorsalis
  • adrenalin
  • epinephrine
  • exercise
  • fiber types
  • gluconeogenesis
  • glucose
  • glycogen
  • glycogenesis
  • noradrenalin
  • norepinephrine
  • reptile


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