The β2-adrenergic modulator celiprolol reduces insulin resistance in obese zucker rats

Stephan Jacob, Donovan L. Fogt, Guenther J. Dietze, Erik J. Henriksen

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Essential hypertension is associated with an increased incidence of insulin resistance of skeletal muscle glucose transport. The present study determined if celiprolol, an antihypertensive agent with selective B1- adrenoceptor antagonist and additional β2-agonistic properties, administered by gavage either acutely (3 hr) or chronically (14 d), had a direct effect on improving glucose tolerance and insulin-stimulated glucose transport activity (using 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) uptake) in isolated epitrochlearis muscles of the insulin-resistant obese Zucker rat. The effects of a selective β1-blocker, metoprolol, were also assessed. Acute administration of celiprolol, but not metoprolol, increased insulin- stimulated 2-DG uptake in muscle by 22% (p<0.05). Chronic celiprolol treatment significantly lowered fasting plasma insulin (22%) and free fatty acids (40%) in comparison to obese control values. Moreover, chronic celiprolol administration decreased the glucose-insulin index (calculated as the product of the glucose and insulin areas under the curve during an oral glucose tolerance test), by 32% (p<0.05) compared to obese controls, indicating that peripheral insulin action was increased. Indeed, insulin- stimulated skeletal muscle 2-DG uptake was enhanced by 49% (p<0.05) in these celiprolol-treated obese animals. Metoprolol was without significant effect on any of these variables following chronic administration. These findings indicate that, in this animal model of insulin resistance, the β1- antagonist/β2-agonist celiprolol has a specific effect of improving insulin-stimulated skeletal muscle glucose transport that is independent of any hemodynamic alterations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2071-2079
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number22
StatePublished - Apr 23 1999


  • Glucose tolerance
  • Glucose transport
  • Metoprolol
  • Skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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