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Int J Med Sci. 2019 Jan 1;16(1):1-7. doi: 10.7150/ijms.28756. eCollection 2019.

Influence of Glucose Dosage in Parenteral Nutrition on Body Thiamine Levels in Rats.

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Laboratory of Clinical Nutrition, Naruto Research Institute, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc., 115 Kuguhara, Tateiwa, Muya-cho, Naruto, Tokushima 772-8601, Japan.
PMM Group, Sales Division, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, 2-9 Kanda Tsukasamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0048, Japan.


The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between glucose dosage in parenteral nutrition and reductions in levels of body thiamine in rats. Vitamin-free infusions with differing amounts of glucose were administered to normal or thiamine-deficient rats for 5 days, after which urinary thiamine excretion and the amounts of thiamine in the blood, liver, brain, and skeletal muscles were measured. The total energy dosage was set at three levels (98, 140, and 196 kcal/kg), and the dose of amino acids was constant among all groups. Urinary thiamine excretions on Day 5 decreased with increasing glucose dosage in the infusions. In normal rats, the amount of thiamine in the blood and all organs decreased compared with the diet group; however, no significant differences were found among the infusion groups. In thiamine-deficient rats, on the other hand, the amount of thiamine in the liver and skeletal muscles did not differ significantly among infusion groups; however, the amount of thiamine in the brain and blood decreased with increasing glucose dosage. An organ-specific correlation was found between glucose dosage in infusions and reductions in levels of thiamine. To prevent thiamine deficiencies from affecting the central nervous system, greater caution must be exercised during high-caloric parenteral nutrition. However, a constant supply of thiamine seemed to be essential, irrespective of the amount of energy supplied via parenteral nutrition, to maintain a sufficient level of thiamine in the body.


deficiency; glucose; parenteral nutrition; thiamine; vitamin B1

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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