Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine
2019, vol. 28, nr 3, March, p. 331–337
Publication type: original article
The impact of low alcohol consumption on the liver and inflammatory cytokines in diabetic rats
1 Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmacy College, Babylon University, Al-Hilla, Iraq
2 Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
3 Department of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Pharmacy College, Babylon University, Al-Hilla, Iraq
Background. Diabetes mellitus (DM) and alcohol consumption is still one of the important research models that simulate variable clinical conditions and metabolic diseases, such as alcoholic liver diseases.
Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term cumulative effects of low alcohol consumption on the liver tissue, biochemical assays and some inflammatory cytokines in experimentally-induced DM rats.
Material and Methods. Ethanol was administered in the drinking water (3% v/v) for 30 days to adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, with or without DM induced by streptozocin injection. Histological and biochemical parameters as well as some inflammatory cytokines – interleukin (IL)-4, IL-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) – were measured.
Results. A significant increase in blood glucose level in the combination group was accompanied by a significant decrease in plasma insulin (p < 0.001 vs controls). Hepatic histopathology of the combination group revealed steatosis and fibrosis in addition to a significant increase in the gamma-glutamyltransferase (γ-GT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels (p < 0.05 and p < 0.001, respectively). A non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) lipid profile (total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)) revealed a significant increase in comparison to controls (p < 0.05), while HDL showed no significant change. The IL-4 and IL-6 levels were significantly higher (p < 0.05), while IL-10 and TNF-α revealed non-significant changes.
Conclusion. Depletion of the hyperglycemic response in the case of low alcohol consumption in DM rats was associated with elevated plasma cytokines, especially IL-6 and IL-4, which could be a part of a host defense mechanism to repair the hepatic and pancreatic damage through this inflammatory process. The severe liver damage under insult of low alcohol consumption and DM could serve as inhibitory factors in gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis, with little or no impact on insulin levels.
alcohol, cytokines, diabetes, liver, rat
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