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The Effect of the Preoperative Oral Carbohydrate Attenuating Immediate Postoperative Insulin Resistance on PI3K Dependent Signaling Pathway

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First received: September 18, 2008
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Last verified: September 2008
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The purpose of this study is to delineate the effects of preoperative oral carbohydrate on immediate postoperative insulin resistance (PIR) in patients undergoing elective open colorectal cancer resection, and to further clarify the hypotheses that preoperative oral carbohydrate treatment attenuates PIR in patients by enhancing insulin signaling to PI3K-dependent pathway.

Condition Intervention Phase
Colorectal Disease
Dietary Supplement: Preoperative Oral Carbohydrate
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effect of the Preoperative Oral Carbohydrate Attenuating Immediate Postoperative Insulin Resistance on PI3K Dependent Signaling Pathway

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PTK activity and PI3K, PKB, GLUT4 expression in rectus abdominis muscle samples by the end of operation [ Time Frame: 1 month (postoperative period) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Preoperative general well-beings and the insulin resistance before and immediately after surgery assessed with the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) respectively [ Time Frame: Perioperative period ]

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: November 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Primary Completion Date: March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: OCH
fast from midnight the night before surgery, and consume 400 ml Nutricia preOp® (12.5% carbohydrates, 0.5 kcal/ml, 240 mOsm, pH 4.9, Nutricia Zoetermeer, The Netherlands) 3 hours prior to induction of anaesthesia and finished the ingestion within 1 hour
Dietary Supplement: Preoperative Oral Carbohydrate
Patients in OCH group consumed 400 ml Nutricia preOp® (12.5% carbohydrates, 0.5 kcal/ml, 240 mOsm, pH 4.9, Nutricia Zoetermeer, The Netherlands) 3 hours prior to induction of anaesthesia and finished the ingestion within 1 hour
No Intervention: FSD
fast from midnight the night before surgery, and no preoperative oral carbohydrate loading
Dietary Supplement: Preoperative Oral Carbohydrate
Patients in FSD group were fasted from midnight the night before surgery, and no preoperative oral carbohydrate loading

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Postoperative insulin resistance (PIR) is a central feature of postoperative metabolism response to surgical injury, resulting in decreased insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, increased glucose release and hyperglycaemia. The PIR is most pronounced on the day after surgery and lasts for about 3 weeks after uncomplicated elective open abdominal operations, and has been considered as a factor of clinical importance for the postoperative patient. Recent evidences have elucidated the toxicity of hyperglycemia and suggest a causal relation between PIR and complications in the postoperative state and the degree of PIR has been considered as an independent factor determining the length of postoperative hospital stay.

The degree of PIR is proportional to the degree of surgical trauma. Although overcoming PIR by insulin infusion is one way of combating hyperglycemia, prevention of its development can also be achieved by preoperative oral carbohydrate instead of overnight fasting which proven in different kinds of surgery, such as in total hip replacement surgery, colorectal surgery and in elderly patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. As a single intervention in patients given 2-3 hours before anaesthesia, the efficacy of preoperative oral carbohydrate has been shown to be equally as good as the intravenous infusion of glucose with regard to PIR, and attenuated the development of PIR by 50% measured on the first postoperative day after major abdominal surgery. In a placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial of 65 patients undergoing major abdominal surgery, patients who received preoperative oral carbohydrate lost 0.5 cm of the mid-arm circumference by discharge, while the placebo group had more than twice the reduction (1.1 cm). Furthermore, patients receiving the oral carbohydrate-rich beverage before colorectal surgery had a smaller reduction in their quadriceps muscle strength after the operation up to 1 month than those without carbohydrate-rich beverage. These studies suggest that whole-body protein balance, muscle function as well as the suppressive effect of insulin on endogenous glucose release are better maintained and enhanced when patients receive a carbohydrate-rich beverage before surgery. Moreover, in patients who undergo surgery of moderate to severe degree of PIR, the PIR can be overcome if a sufficient amount of insulin is infused to maintain euglycemia, and both glucose uptake and whole body substrate utilization could be normalized in the presence of elevated insulin concentrations. The intensive insulin treatment to maintain normoglycaemia in post-surgical patients in intensive care unit substantially reduces morbidity and mortality. These findings show that excessive insulin can compensate for the defects in insulin action as well, suggesting that PIR might be due to a block in intracellular mechanisms that lead to the decrease in glucose uptake.

The human insulin receptor is a transmembrane glycoprotein, whose cytoplasmic domain contains an insulin-activated protein tyrosine kinase (PTK). Insulin signaling is initiated by binding of insulin to the extracellular α-subunit of insulin receptor, resulting in the stimulation of β-subunit, which contains intrinsic receptor tyrosine kinase activity, autophosphorylation of the receptor at multiple tyrosine residues. Autophosphorylation of the receptor enhances the intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity and evokes a series of phosphorylation events. These include tyrosyl phosphorylation of intracellular substrates named insulin receptor substrates (IRS 1 to 4), phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), and protein kinase B (PKB). The phosphorylated proteins mediate the cellular actions of insulin. On the other hand, the glucose uptake stimulated by insulin in muscle and adipocytes is through the translocation of glucose transporters 4 (GLUT4) from intracellular pools to the plasma membrane. The translocation of GLUT4 to plasma membrane was established to be mediated by PI3K, based on the use of pharmacological inhibitors and expression of a dominant negative mutant or constitutively active form of PI3K.

As molecular switch to regulate the activity of serine/threonine-specifc kinase, PTK and PI3K signaling pathways act cascades important in mediating insulin's effects on endpoint responses. Defects in the receptor kinase activity and signal transduction in the skeletal muscle have been shown previously as a major contributor to the pathogenesis of insulin-resistant states, such as obesity and type II diabetes. Despite these findings, the mechanism by which preoperative oral carbohydrate beverage consumption exerts the effect that attenuating immediate PIR in patients is still unknown. Defects of insulin signal transduction via PI3K-dependent pathway may be possible involved in the development of PIR, and are highly speculated as the main molecular signaling mechanism.


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The present study employed 32 patients, who underwent elective open colorectal resection for colorectal carcinoma

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diabetes mellitus or impaired glucose tolerance
  • Medication affecting insulin sensitivity
  • Weight loss greater than 10 per cent during the previous 6 months
  • Signs of distant metastasis by CT scanning
  • Renal insufficiency (creatinine, > 3 mg/dl; hemodialysis)
  • Hepatic insufficiency (Child-Pugh class, ≥ B)
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Conditions (including pharmacological treatment) known to affect gastric emptying rate
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00755729

China, Shanghai
Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Chang Zheng Hospital,
Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 200003
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shanghai Changzheng Hospital
Study Chair: Qiang Wang, MD Shanghai Chang Zheng Hospital
Principal Investigator: Zhi Guo Wang, MD Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Chang Zheng Hospital
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Responsible Party: Qiang Wang, MD, Shanghai Chang Zheng Hospital Identifier: NCT00755729     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCZH-0809-110
Study First Received: September 18, 2008
Last Updated: September 18, 2008

Keywords provided by Shanghai Changzheng Hospital:
Preoperative oral carbohydrate
Insulin resistance

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Insulin Resistance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Hypoglycemic Agents
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