Key enzymes of gluconeogenesis are dose-dependently reduced in 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-treated rats

Lutz W.D. Weber, Margitta Lebofsky, Helmut Greim, Karl Rozman

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Male Sprague-Dawley rats (240-245 g) were dosed ip with 5, 15, 25, or 125 μg/kg -,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in corn oil. Ad libitumfed and pair-fed controls received vehicle (4 ml/kg) alone. Two or 8 days after dosing five rats of each group were sacrificed, their livers removed and assayed for the activities of three gluconeogenic enzymes [phosphoenol-pyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK; EC, pyruvate carboxylase (PC; EC, and glucose-6-phosphatase (G-6-Pase, EC], and one glycolytic enzyme [pyruvate kinase (PK; EC] by established procedures. The activity of PK was not affected by TCDD at either time point. The activity of G-6-Pase tended to be decreased in TCDD-treated animals, as compared to pair-fed controls, but the decrease was variable without an apparent dose-response. The activity of PEPCK was significantly decreased 2 days after dosing, but a clear dose-response was apparent only at the 8-day time point. Maximum loss of activity at the highest dose was 56% below pair-fed control levels. PC activity was slightly decreased 2 days after TCDD treatment and displayed statistically significant, dose-dependent reduction by 8 days after dosing with a 49% loss of enzyme activity after the highest dose. It is concluded that inhibition of gluconeogenesis by TCDD previously demonstrated in vivo is probably due to decreased activities of PEPCK and PC. The data also support the prevailing view that PEPCK and PC are rate-determining enzymes in gluconeogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
  • Dose-response
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Glucose-6-phosphatase
  • Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase
  • Pyruvate carboxylase
  • Pyruvate kinase


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