einstein (São Paulo). 01/Sep/2011;9(3):404-7.

Role of insulin hormone in modulation of inflammatory phenomena

Antonio Di Petta

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082011rb1564

Evidence demonstrates the involvement of hormones in the development of inflammatory response. Inflammation evokes marked structural alterations of microvasculature, besides migration of leukocytes from microcirculation to the site of lesion. These alterations are caused primarily by release or activation of endogenous mediators, in which hormones play an integral role in this regulatory system. Binding sites for many hormones may be characterized by vascular structures and hematogenous cells involved with the inflammatory response. Quantitative alterations of inflammatory events involving the decrease in microvascular response to inflammatory mediators, deficiency in the leukocyte-endothelium interaction, reduction of cell concentration in the inflammatory exudate, and failure of the phagocyte function of mononuclear cells were observed in insulin- deficient states. Therefore, inflammation is not merely a local response, but rather a process controlled by hormones in which insulin plays an essential role in modulation of these phenomena, and assures tissue repair and remodeling within the limits of normality.

Role of insulin hormone in modulation of inflammatory phenomena