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Abstract Title:

Tetrahydrocurcumin Ameliorates Diabetic Cardiomyopathy by Attenuating High Glucose-Induced Oxidative Stress and Fibrosis via Activating the SIRT1 Pathway.

Abstract Source:

Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019 ;2019:6746907. Epub 2019 May 9. PMID: 31210844

Abstract Author(s):

Kaifeng Li, Mengen Zhai, Liqing Jiang, Fan Song, Bin Zhang, Jie Li, Hua Li, Buying Li, Lin Xia, Lu Xu, Yu Cao, Mengshan He, Hanzhao Zhu, Liyun Zhang, Hongliang Liang, Zhenxiao Jin, Weixun Duan, Siwang Wang

Article Affiliation:

Kaifeng Li


Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress and fibrosis play a crucial role in the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Tetrahydrocurcumin (THC), a major bioactive metabolite of natural antioxidant curcumin, is reported to exert even more effective antioxidative and superior antifibrotic properties as well as anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic abilities. This study was designed to investigate the potential protective effects of THC on experimental DCM and its underlying mechanisms, pointing to the role of high glucose-induced oxidative stress and interrelated fibrosis. In STZ-induced diabetic mice, oral administration of THC (120 mg/kg/d) for 12 weeks significantly improved the cardiac function and ameliorated myocardial fibrosis and cardiac hypertrophy, accompanied by reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Mechanically, THC administration remarkably increased the expression of the SIRT1 signaling pathway bothand, further evidenced by decreased downstream molecule Ac-SOD2 and enhanced deacetylated production SOD2, which finally strengthened antioxidative stress capacity proven by repaired activities of SOD and GSH-Px and reduced MDA production. Additionally, THC treatment accomplished its antifibrotic effect by depressing the ROS-induced TGF1/Smad3 signaling pathway followed by reduced expression of cardiac fibrotic markers-SMA, collagen I, and collagen III. Collectively, these finds demonstrated the therapeutic potential of THC treatment to alleviate DCM mainly by attenuating hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress and fibrosis via activating the SIRT1 pathway.

Study Type : Animal Study

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