These experiments have demonstrated that liver glycogen may rise or fall after endotoxin administration, depending upon the antecedent diet and that total adrenalectomy followed by corticosteroid replacement abolishes the glycogenolytic effect of sublethal doses of endotoxin.

It is concluded that the derangements of carbohydrate metabolism observed following the administration of sublethal quantities of bacterial endotoxin represent, not a direct hepatotoxic effect of endotoxin, but rather the passive consequence of epinephrine release.

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