The Effects of a glucocorticoid-antagonist on IGF1-stimulated glucose uptake in skeletal muscle of hindlimb suspended rats. Barnes B.R., T.C. Selix, D.C. Wright, and B.W. Craig. Ball State University, Muncie, IN.The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a glucocorticoid-antagonist (RU486) on insulin-like-growth-factor-1 (IGF1)stimulated glucose transport following two weeks of hindlimb suspension (HS) on 100 gm male rats. After two weeks of HS and/or oral RU486 administration the animals were anesthetized, and the soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles isolated and clamped at their resting length. Following an incubation series to prepare the muscle, the muscle was incubated in radioactive 3-O-methylglucose for 10 min. in the presence/absence of 75 ng/ml of IGF1, digested with 0.5 NaOH, and the amount of glucose transported measured. Two weeks of RU486 treatment significantly (P:5 0.05) elevated IGF1-stimulated glucose transport of SOL (0.576 ± 0.071 vs 1.405 ± 0.172), whereas the EDL was unaffected (2.728 0.258 vs 2.613 ± 0.182). The removal of glucocorticoids via RU486 administration significantly increased glucose uptake in HS exposed soleus muscles. The EDL was not affected by RU486 treatment.School of Physical EducationThesis (M.S.