A muscle perfusion technic, employing the hind limb of the rat, has been developed. Significant enhancement of glucose utilization by this tissue is seen with 500 μU./ml. of insulin. Maximal glucose uptake is seen at an insulin concentration of 1,000 μU./ml., although a significantly earlier insulin effect is noted when 10,000 μU./ml. is used.

The presence of 7.5 μg./ml. of a reduced B chain-albumin complex in the perfusion system causes highly significant inhibition of action of 1,000 μU./ml. of insulin. Neither equivalent concentrations of sulfonated B chain nor equimolar concentrations of a sulfhydryl donor, 2-mercaptoethanol, are capable of causing comparable insulin antagonism.

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