Evaluation of the Postmortem Glucose and Glycogen Levels in Hepatic, Renal, Muscle, and Brain Tissues: Is It Possible to Estimate Postmortem Interval Using These Parameters?

Gumus A., Gumus B., ÖZER E., Yucetas E., Yucetas U., Duz E., ...More

JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, vol.61, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/1556-4029.12937
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: forensic science, postmortem chemistry, thanatochemistry, postmortem interval, glucose, glycogen, VITREOUS-HUMOR, CHEMISTRY UPDATE, BLOOD SUGAR, GLYCOLYSIS, METABOLISM, ENZYMES, SAMPLES, FLUID
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of our study was to investigate the postmortem levels of glucose and glycogen in hepatic, renal, muscle, and brain tissues and then examine the changes in those levels that could be useful for estimating postmortem interval. We established an animal model. Seventy female BALB/c albino mice were used in this study. After being sacrificed, the mice were randomly divided into six groups according to time elapsed since death (Group 1: 0 h; Group 2: 12 h; Group 3: 24 h; Group 4: 36 h; Group 5: 48 h; and Group 6: 60 h). Glucose levels were significantly different between groups for all tissues studied. Slope of the change per unit time was higher for the hepatic glucose levels. Based on these results, it is possible to estimate postmortem interval using postmortem glucose levels in hepatic tissue. Tissue-specific assessment may contribute valuable information to postmortem interval studies.