Resveratrol attenuates high glucose-induced oxidative stress and cardiomyocyte apoptosis through AMPK

Shuang Guo, Qing Yao, Zhiqiang Ke, Hongguang Chen, Jiliang Wu, Chao Liu
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 2015 September 5, 412: 85-94

BACKGROUND: Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) suggests a direct cellular insult to myocardium. Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis have been implicated in the pathogenesis of DCM. NADPH oxidase is a major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in cardiomyocytes. Resveratrol, a naturally occurring polyphenol, has shown beneficial effects on some cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes.

OBJECTIVES: We aimed to examine the role of resveratrol on high glucose-induced NADPH oxidase-derived ROS production and cardiac apoptosis, together with modulation of protein signaling pathways in cardiomyocytes.

METHODS: Primary cultures of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were exposed to 30 mmol/L high glucose with or without resveratrol. Cell viability, apoptosis, superoxide formation, NADPH oxidase activity and its subunits expression, antioxidant enzymes activities, as well as the potential regulatory molecules AMPK, Akt and GSK-3β were assessed in cardiac cells.

RESULTS: Elevated ROS production induced by 30 mmol/L high glucose was inhibited with the addition of resveratrol in primary cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. Consistently, resveratrol markedly suppressed the increased activity of NADPH oxidase and Rac1, as well as the enhanced expression of p67(phox), p47(phox), and gp91(phox) induced by high glucose. Lipid peroxidation, SOD, catalase, GSH-px activity and GSH content was reversed in the presence of resveratrol. Moreover, the expression of pro-apoptotic protein Bax was down regulated while anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was up regulated. And cardiac cell injury and apoptosis were markedly rescued by resveratrol. In addition, resveratrol significantly increased phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) at Thr172 in cardiomyocytes exposed to high glucose. Compound C, the pharmacologic inhibitor of AMPK, could mostly abrogate roles of resveratrol on cardiomyocytes in high glucose. In contrast, Akt and GSK-3β were little influenced by resveratrol.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data demonstrated that resveratrol protected cardiomyocytes against high glucose-induced apoptosis through suppression NADPH oxidase-derived ROS generation and maintenance endogenous antioxidant defenses. And the protective effects of resveratrol are mostly mediated by AMPK related pathway.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


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

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

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"