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J Appl Physiol (1985). 1990 Jan;68(1):193-8.

Skeletal muscle plasma membrane glucose transport and glucose transporters after exercise.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington 05405.


Recent reports have shown that immediately after an acute bout of exercise the glucose transport system of rat skeletal muscle plasma membranes is characterized by an increase in both glucose transporter number and intrinsic activity. To determine the duration of the exercise response we examined the time course of these changes after completion of a single bout of exercise. Male rats were exercised on a treadmill for 1 h (20 m/min, 10% grade) or allowed to remain sedentary. Rats were killed either immediately or 0.5 or 2 h after exercise, and red gastrocnemius muscle was used for the preparation of plasma membranes. Plasma membrane glucose transporter number was elevated 1.8- and 1.6-fold immediately and 30 min after exercise, although facilitated D-glucose transport in plasma membrane vesicles was elevated 4- and 1.8-fold immediately and 30 min after exercise, respectively. By 2 h after exercise both glucose transporter number and transport activity had returned to nonexercised control values. Additional experiments measuring glucose uptake in perfused hindquarter muscle produced similar results. We conclude that the reversal of the increase in glucose uptake by hindquarter skeletal muscle after exercise is correlated with a reversal of the increase in the glucose transporter number and activity in the plasma membrane. The time course of the transport-to-transporter ratio suggests that the intrinsic activity response reverses more rapidly than that involving transporter number.

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