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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 4702067, 9 pages
Research Article

Glucose-Insulin-Potassium Alleviates Intestinal Mucosal Barrier Injuries Involving Decreased Expression of Uncoupling Protein 2 and NLR Family-Pyrin Domain-Containing 3 Inflammasome in Polymicrobial Sepsis

1Center of Pediatrics, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510280, China
2Department of Neonatology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510515, China
3Clinical Laboratory Center, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510515, China
4Department of Pediatrics, Central Hospital of Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong 511486, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Qi-yi Zeng; moc.361@15iyiqgnez

Received 6 December 2016; Accepted 5 February 2017; Published 27 March 2017

Academic Editor: James D. Murray

Copyright © 2017 Jun-liang Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) may be critical for intestinal barrier function which may play a key role in the development of sepsis, and insulin has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effects. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated into five groups: control group, cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) group, sham surgery group, CLP plus glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) group, and CLP plus glucose and potassium (GK) group. Ileum tissues were collected at 24 h after surgery. Histological and cytokine analyses, intestinal permeability tests, and western blots of intestinal epithelial tight junction component proteins and UCP2 were performed. Compared with CLP group, the CLP + GIK group had milder histological damage, lower levels of cytokines in the serum and ileum tissue samples, and lower UCP2 expression, whereas the CLP + GK group had no such effects. Moreover, the CLP + GIK group exhibited decreased epithelial permeability of the ileum and increased expression of zonula occludens-1, occludin, and claudin-1 in the ileum. The findings demonstrated that the UCP2 and NLR family-pyrin domain-containing 3/caspase 1/interleukin 1β signaling pathway may be involved in intestinal barrier injury and that GIK treatment decreased intestinal barrier permeability. Thus, GIK may be a useful treatment for intestinal barrier injury during sepsis.