Decreased hepatic gluconeogenesis in transgenic rats with increased circulating angiotensin-(1-7)


  • V. Bilman
  • L. Mares-Guia
  • A.P. Nadu
  • M. Bader
  • M.J. Campagnole-Santos
  • R.A.S. Santos
  • S.H.S. Santos


  • Peptides


  • Peptides 37 (2): 247-251


  • The renin-angiotensin (Ang) system (RAS) plays an important role in the control of glucose metabolism and glycemia. Several studies demonstrated that the effects of angiotensin-(1-7) are mainly opposite to the actions of biological angiotensin II. Recent studies have demonstrated that rats with increased circulating angiotensin-(1-7), acting through the G protein coupled receptor Mas, have enhanced glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, presenting improved metabolic parameters. However, there is no data regarding the role of angiotensin-(1-7)-Mas axis in hepatic glycemic metabolism. In the present study, the gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis was investigated in Sprague-Dawley (SD) and in TGR(A1-7)3292 (TGR) rats which present approximately twofold increase in plasma Ang-(1-7) levels compared to SD. The pyruvate administration in fasted rats showed a decreased synthesis of glucose in TGR compared to the SD rats, pointing to a downregulation of gluconeogenesis. Supporting this data, the mRNA evaluation of gluconeogenic enzymes showed a significant reduction in phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase reinforced by a significantly diminished expression of hepatocyte nuclear factor 4{alpha} (HNF-4{alpha}), responsible for the regulation of gluconeogenic enzymes. In conclusion our data show that the improved glucose metabolism induced by Ang-(1-7) could be due, at least in part, to a downregulation of hepatic gluconeogenesis.