COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE

Nerve growth factor supplementation reverses the impairment, induced by Type 1 diabetes, of hindlimb post-ischaemic recovery in mice

M B Salis, G Graiani, E Desortes, R B Caldwell, P Madeddu, C Emanueli
Diabetologia 2004, 47 (6): 1055-63
15184980

AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Type 1 diabetes increases the risk of peripheral ischaemia and impairs recovery once ischaemia occurs, probably because the healing process is hampered by diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction. In normoglycaemic mice subjected to limb ischaemia, blockade of nerve growth factor (NGF) compromises reparative angiogenesis. In the present study, we evaluated if expressional alterations of endogenous NGF system components are associated with diabetes-related impairment in neovascularisation. In addition, we tested whether the correction of NGF liabilities benefits post-ischaemic healing of Type 1 diabetic animals.

METHODS: Unilateral hindlimb ischaemia was produced in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 diabetic mice. Purified murine NGF (20 microg daily for 14 days) or PBS were injected into ischaemic adductors. Non-diabetic mice given PBS served as controls. Hindlimb blood flow was analysed sequentially for up to 14 days. At necroscopy, adductors were removed for quantification of microvessel density, endothelial cell apoptosis and NGF receptor expression. NGF content was determined by ELISA three days after ischaemia. In vitro, we tested whether NGF protects endothelial cells from apoptosis induced by high glucose and whether vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) is involved in this beneficial effect.

RESULTS: Muscles removed from Type 1 diabetic mice showed reduced NGF content and up-regulation of the NGF p75 receptor. NGF supplementation promoted capillarisation and arteriogenesis, reduced apoptosis, and accelerated blood flow recovery. NGF stimulated VEGF-A production by human endothelial cells incubated in high-glucose medium and conferred resistance against high-glucose-induced apoptosis via a VEGF-A-mediated mechanism.

CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: NGF protects endothelial cells from apoptosis induced by Type 1 diabetes and facilitates reparative neovascularisation. The findings may open up new therapeutic options for the treatment of diabetic complications.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article

Discussion

You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
15184980
×

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.

×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"