Nrf2 and Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus is a pandemic disorder mainly characterized by hyperglycemia due to defect in insulin secretion, insulin action or both. According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), globally 415 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 and expected to rise to 642 million by 20401.

The latest Nrf2 and Diabetes Pubmed studies are listed below.

Crosstalk of toll-like receptors signaling and Nrf2 pathway for regulation of inflammation
Mohan S and Gupta D
Inflammation as a second line of defense of innate immunity plays a crucial role in eliminating invading pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi as well as other parasites). The inflammatory response may also activate adaptive immune system involving lymphocytes to mount either antibody dependent or cell-mediated immune responses to clear pathogenic insult. However, if continued, the inflammatory processes may become uncontrolled culminating in cellular injury and tissue destruction, thereby manifesting itself in chronic form. The chronic inflammation has been associated with numerous human pathological conditions like allergies and autoimmune diseases, atherosclerosis, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, neuro-degenerative diseases and numerous others. The dysregulated inflammatory process is associated with overproduction of free radicals leading to oxidative stress and activation of different cell signaling pathways. The regulation of inflammation by TLR signaling as well as Nrf2 pathways separately is widely documented. Since both these major signaling pathways modulate inflammation, they may crosstalk to bring about coordinated inflammatory responses. The linkage between TLR signaling and Nrf2-Keap1 pathway may serve as a bridge between immune regulation and oxidative stress responses through regulation of inflammation. Also, inflammation is reportedly responsible for the plethora of diseased conditions; a study of its regulation by targeting the TLR-Nrf2 cross-talks may also be beneficial for the development of therapeutic therapies or prophylactic treatments. Hence, present review focuses on the crosstalk between TLR signaling and Nrf2 pathway with respect to their role in modulation of inflammation in normal as well as pathologic conditions.
Bee venom improves diabetic wound healing by protecting functional macrophages from apoptosis and enhancing Nrf2, Ang-1 and Tie-2 signaling
Hozzein WN, Badr G, Badr BM, Allam A, Ghamdi AA, Al-Wadaan MA and Al-Waili NS
Impaired wound healing is a serious complication of diabetes that negatively affects the patient's socioeconomic life. Multiple mechanisms contribute to impaired diabetic wound healing including deficient recruitment of wound macrophages/neutrophils and impaired neovascularization. Bee venom (BV) has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of several diseases. Nevertheless, the impacts of BV on the diabetic wound healing have been poorly studied. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying BV treatment on diabetic wound healing in a type I diabetic mouse model. Three experimental groups were used: group 1, non-diabetic control mice; group 2, vehicle-diabetic mice; and group 3, BV-treated diabetic mice. We found that the diabetic mice exhibited impaired wound closure characterized by a significant decrease in collagen and β-defensin-2 (BD-2) expression compared to control non-diabetic mice. The impairment of diabetic wound healing is attributed to increased ROS levels and abolished antioxidant enzymes activity in the wounded tissues. Additionally, wounded tissue in diabetic mice revealed aberrantly decreased levels of Ang-1 and Nrf2 (the agonist ligands of Tie-2) followed by a marked reduction in the phosphorylation of Tie2 and downstream signaling eNOS, AKT and ERK. Impaired diabetic wound healing was also characterized by a significant reduction in activities of total antioxidant enzymes followed by a marked reduction in the levels of CCL2, CCL3 and CXCL2; which led to impaired recruitment and functions of wound macrophages/neutrophils; and significant reduction in the expression of CD31, a marker for neovascularization and angiogenesis of the injured tissue. Interestingly, BV treatment significantly enhanced wound closure in diabetic mice by increasing collagen and BD-2 expression and restoring the levels of Ang-1 and Nrf2 and hence enhancing the Tie-2 downstream signaling. Most importantly, treatment of diabetic mice with BV significantly restored the activities of wounded tissue antioxidant enzymes and the levels of chemokines, and subsequently rescued wound macrophages from mitochondrial membrane potential-induced apoptosis. Our findings reveal the immune-enhancing effects of BV for improving healing process of diabetic wounds and provide the first insight concerning the underlying molecular mechanisms.
Andrographolide enhances redox status of liver cells by regulating microRNA expression
Khole S, Mittal S, Jagadish N, Ghosh D, Gadgil V, Sinkar V and Ghaskadbi S
Andrographis paniculata Nees and its principal compound andrographolide are well known for exerting beneficial effects by modulating signaling pathways in different biological systems. Our earlier studies have demonstrated the ability of andrographolide as well as andrographolide enriched extracts to activate Nrf2/HO-1 pathway through adenosine A receptor. Present study investigated ability of andrographolide to regulate Nrf2 induced antioxidant defense systems by miRNAs using HepG2 cells. Andrographolide strongly induced Nrf2 which in turn modulated enzymes of glutathione and thioredoxin antioxidant systems. It also regulated crucial transcription factors viz. hepatocyte nuclear factor alpha (HNF4A) and tumor suppressor protein 53 (p53). Downregulation of HNF4A by andrographolide led to decrease in miRNAs regulating Heme oxygenase-1 (miR-377) and glutathione cysteine ligase (miR-433). Upregulation of p53 on the other hand led to increase in miRNAs regulating thioredoxin interacting protein (miR-17, miR-224) and glutathione peroxidase (miR-181a). Involvement of p53 and HNF4A in modulation of these miRNAs was confirmed by chromatin immunoprecipitation assay. Overall, the work reveals that andrographolide through modulation of p53 and HNF4A, regulates miRNAs leading to upregulation of HO-1, glutathione and thioredoxin systems. Andrographolide thus, can play a beneficial role in modulating antioxidant defense in oxidative stress induced diseases such as diabetes, ageing etc.
Anthocyanins As Modulators of Cell Redox-Dependent Pathways in Non-Communicable Diseases
Speciale A, Saija A, Bashllari R, Molonia MS, Muscara C, Occhiuto C, Cimino F and Cristani M
Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), mostly represented by cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic pulmonary diseases, cancers, and several chronic pathologies, are one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality, and are mainly related to the occurrence of metabolic risk factors. Anthocyanins (ACNs) posses a wide spectrum of biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective, and chemopreventive properties, which are able to promote human health. Although ACNs present an apparent low bioavailability, their metabolites may play an important role in the in vivo protective effects observed. This article directly addresses the scientific evidences supporting that ACNs could be useful to protect human population against several NCDs not only acting as antioxidant but through their capability to modulate cell redox-dependent signaling. In particular, ACNs interact with the NF-κB and AP-1 signal transduction pathways, which respond to oxidative signals and mediate a proinflammatory effect, and the Nrf2/ARE pathway and its regulated cytoprotective proteins (GST, NQO, HO-1, etc.), involved in both cellular antioxidant defenses and elimination/inactivation of toxic compounds, so countering the alterations caused by conditions of chemical/oxidative stress. In addition, supposed crosstalks could contribute to explain the protective effects of ACNs in different pathological conditions characterized by an altered balance among these pathways. Thus, this review underlines the importance of specific nutritional molecules for human health and focuses on the molecular targets and the underlying mechanisms of ACNs against various diseases.
A novel synthetic small molecule DMFO targets Nrf2 in modulating proinflammatory/antioxidant mediators to ameliorate inflammation
Mathew G, Sharma A, Pickering RJ, Rosado CJ, Lemarie J, Mudgal J, Thambi M, Sebastian S, Jandeleit-Dahm KA, de Haan JB and Unnikrishnan MK
Inflammation is a protective immune response against invading pathogens, however, dysregulated inflammation is detrimental. As the complex inflammatory response involves multiple mediators, including the involvement of reactive oxygen species, concomitantly targeting proinflammatory and antioxidant check-points may be a more rational strategy. We report the synthesis and anti-inflammatory/antioxidant activity of a novel indanedione derivative DMFO. DMFO scavenged reactive oxygen species (ROS) in in-vitro radical scavenging assays and in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. In acute models of inflammation (carrageenan-induced inflammation in rat paw and air pouch), DMFO effectively reduced paw oedema and leucocyte infiltration with an activity comparable to diclofenac. DMFO stabilised mast cells (MCs) in in-vitro A23187 and compound 48/80-induced assays. Additionally, DMFO stabilised MCs in an antigen (ovalbumin)-induced MC degranulation model in-vivo, without affecting serum IgE levels. In a model of chronic immune-mediated inflammation, Freund's adjuvant-induced arthritis, DMFO reduced arthritic score and contralateral paw oedema, and increased the pain threshold with an efficacy comparable to diclofenac but without being ulcerogenic. Additionally, DMFO significantly reduced serum TNFα levels. Mechanistic studies revealed that DMFO reduced proinflammatory genes (IL1β, TNFα, IL6) and protein levels (COX2, MCP1), with a concurrent increase in antioxidant genes (NQO1, haem oxygenase 1 (HO-1), Glo1, Nrf2) and protein (HO-1) in LPS-stimulated macrophages. Importantly, the anti-inflammatory/antioxidant effect on gene expression was absent in primary macrophages isolated from Nrf2 KO mice suggesting an Nrf2-targeted activity, which was subsequently confirmed using siRNA transfection studies in RAW macrophages. Therefore, DMFO is a novel, orally-active, safe (even at 2 g/kg p.o.), a small molecule which targets Nrf2 in ameliorating inflammation.
Autophagy Ablation in Adipocytes Induces Insulin Resistance and Reveals Roles for Lipid Peroxide and Nrf2 Signaling in Adipose-Liver Crosstalk
Cai J, Pires KM, Ferhat M, Chaurasia B, Buffolo MA, Smalling R, Sargsyan A, Atkinson DL, Summers SA, Graham TE and Boudina S
Autophagy is a homeostatic cellular process involved in the degradation of long-lived or damaged cellular components. The role of autophagy in adipogenesis is well recognized, but its role in mature adipocyte function is largely unknown. We show that the autophagy proteins Atg3 and Atg16L1 are required for proper mitochondrial function in mature adipocytes. In contrast to previous studies, we found that post-developmental ablation of autophagy causes peripheral insulin resistance independently of diet or adiposity. Finally, lack of adipocyte autophagy reveals cross talk between fat and liver, mediated by lipid peroxide-induced Nrf2 signaling. Our data reveal a role for autophagy in preventing lipid peroxide formation and its transfer in insulin-sensitive peripheral tissues.
Nrf2, a novel molecular target to reduce type 1 diabetes associated secondary complications: the basic considerations
Negi CK and Jena G
Oxidative stress and inflammation are the mediators of diabetes and related secondary complications. Oxidative stress arises because of the excessive production of reactive oxygen species and diminished antioxidant production due to impaired Nrf2 activation, the master regulator of endogenous antioxidant. It has been established from various animal models that the transcription factor Nrf2 provides cytoprotection, ameliorates oxidative stress, inflammation and delays the progression of diabetes and its associated complications. Whereas, deletion of the transcription factor Nrf2 amplifies tissue level pathogenic alterations. In addition, Nrf2 also regulates the expression of numerous cellular defensive genes and protects against oxidative stress-mediated injuries in diabetes. The present review provides an overview on the role of Nrf2 in type 1 diabetes and explores if it could be a potential target for the treatment of diabetes and related complications. Further, the rationality of different agent's intervention has been discussed to mitigate organ damages induced by diabetes.
Hyperglycemia modulates redox, inflammatory and vasoactive markers through specific signaling pathways in cerebral endothelial cells: Insights on insulin protective action
Arcambal A, Taïlé J, Rondeau P, Viranaïcken W, Meilhac O and Gonthier MP
Type 2 diabetes is associated with major vascular dysfunctions, leading to clinical complications such as stroke. It is also known that hyperglycemia dysregulates blood-brain barrier homeostasis by altering cerebral endothelial cell function. Oxidative stress may play a critical role. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of hyperglycemia and insulin on the production of redox, inflammatory and vasoactive markers by cerebral endothelial cells. Murine bEnd.3 cerebral endothelial cells were exposed to hyperglycemia in the presence or not of insulin. Results show that hyperglycemia altered the expression of genes encoding the ROS-producing enzyme Nox4, antioxidant enzymes Cu/ZnSOD, catalase and HO-1 as well as Cu/ZnSOD, MnSOD and catalase enzymatic activities, leading to a time-dependent modulation of ROS levels. Cell preconditioning with inhibitors targeting PI3K, JNK, ERK, p38 MAPK or NFĸB signaling molecules partly blocked hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress. Conversely, AMPK inhibitor exacerbated ROS production, suggesting a protective role of AMPK on the antioxidant defense system. Hyperglycemia also modulated both gene expression and nuclear translocation of the redox-sensitive transcription factor Nrf2. Moreover, hyperglycemia caused a pro-inflammatory response by activating NFĸB-AP-1 pathway and IL-6 secretion. Hyperglycemia reduced eNOS gene expression and NO levels, while increasing ET-1 gene expression. Importantly, insulin counteracted all the deleterious effects of hyperglycemia. Collectively, these results demonstrate that hyperglycemia dysregulated redox, inflammatory and vasoactive markers in cerebral endothelial cells. Insulin exerted a protective action against hyperglycemia effects. Thus, it will be of high interest to evaluate the benefits of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory strategies against hyperglycemia-mediated vascular complications in type 2 diabetes.
Reduction of renal tubular injury with a RAGE inhibitor FPS-ZM1, valsartan and their combination in streptozotocin-induced diabetes in the rat
Sanajou D, Ghorbani Haghjo A, Argani H, Roshangar L, Rashtchizadeh N, Ahmad SNS, Ashrafi-Jigheh Z, Bahrambeigi S, Asiaee F, Rashedi J and Aslani S
Receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. FPS-ZM1, a selective RAGE inhibitor, in combination with valsartan were investigated for their protective potentials on the renal markers of tubular injury in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Rats were assigned into groups of receiving FPS-ZM1 (1 mg/kg/day), valsartan (100 mg/kg/day), and FPS-ZM1 plus valsartan (1 mg/kg/day and 100 mg/kg/day, respectively) for one month. Kidney histology, renal inflammation and oxidative stress, and renal and urinary markers of tubular injury were investigated. FPS-ZM1 and valsartan in combination more significantly attenuated renal expressions of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 genes and reduced urinary levels of interleukin-6. Moreover, the combination elevated renal NAD/NADH ratios and Sirt1 activities, and mitigated nuclear acetylated NF-κB p65 levels. In addition to alleviating indices of oxidative stress i.e. malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, the combination of FPS-ZM1 and valsartan more effectively upregulated the renal levels of master antioxidant proteins Nrf2, heme oxygenase-1, and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase-1. Additionally, this dual therapy ameliorated more efficiently the indices of renal tubular injuries as indicated by decreased renal kidney injury molecule-1 levels as well as reduced urinary levels of cystatin C, retinol binding protein, and beta-2-microglobulin. While FPS-ZM1 alone had no appreciable effects on the renal fibrosis, the combination treatment ameliorated fibrosis better than valsartan in the kidneys. Collectively, these findings underline the extra benefits of FPS-ZM1 and valsartan dual administrations in obviating the renal tubular cell injury in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats partly by suppressing renal inflammation and oxidative stress.
Baicalin alleviates hyperglycemia-induced endothelial impairment 1 via Nrf2
Chen G, Chen X, Niu C, Huang X, An N, Sun J, Huang S, Ye W, Li S, Shen Y, Liang J, Cong W and Jin L
Baicalin is the major component found in Scutellaria baicalensis root, a widely used herb in traditional Chinese medicine, which exhibits strong anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-tumor activities. The present work was devoted to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the protective effects of Baicalin against diabetes-induced oxidative damage, inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Diabetic mice, induced by streptozotocin (STZ), were treated with intraperitoneal Baicalin injections. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultured either in normal glucose (NG, 5.5 mM) or high glucose (HG, 33 mM) medium in the presence or absence of Baicalin for 72 h. We observed an obvious inhibition of hyperglycemia-triggered oxidative damage and inflammation in HUVECs and diabetic aortal vasculature by Baicalin, along with restoration of hyperglycemia-impaired nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) pathway activity. However, the protective effects of Baicalin almost completely abolished in HUVECs transduced with shRNA against Nrf2, but not with nonsense shRNA. Mechanistic studies demonstrated that HG decreased Akt and GSK3B phosphorylation, restrained nuclear export of Fyn and nuclear localization of Nrf2, blunted Nrf2 downstream target genes, and subsequently induced oxidative stress in HUVECs. However, those destructive cascade, were well prevented by Baicalin in HUVECs. Furthermore, LY294002 and ML385 (inhibitor of PI3K and Nrf2) attenuated Baicalin mediated Nrf2 activation and the ability of facilitates angiogenesis in vivo and ex vivo. Taken together, the endothelial protective effect of Baicalin under hyperglycemia condition could be partly attributed to its role in downregulating reactive oxygen species (ROS) and inflammation via the Akt/GSK3B/Fyn-mediated Nrf2 activation.
The Differentially Expressed Circular RNAs in the Substantia Nigra and Corpus Striatum of Nrf2-Knockout Mice
Yang JH, Zhang RJ, Lin JJ, Cao MC, Wang Q, Cui HX, Sun SG and Wang L
The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-antioxidant response element (ARE) pathway plays a protective role in both acute neuronal damage and chronic neurodegeneration-related oxidative stress. Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are involved with various diseases in the central nervous system (CNS). This study aimed to identify the key circRNAs involved in Nrf2-neuroprotection against oxidative stress.
Treatment of NASH with Antioxidant Therapy: Beneficial Effect of Red Cabbage on Type 2 Diabetic Rats
Dal S, Van der Werf R, Walter C, Bietiger W, Seyfritz E, Mura C, Peronet C, Legrandois J, Werner D, Ennahar S, Digel F, Elisa MP, Pinget M, Jeandidier N, Marchioni E and Sigrist S
Oxidative stress (OS) plays a major role in type 2 diabetes and its vascular and hepatic complications, and novel therapeutic approaches include natural antioxidants. Our previous chemical and biological studies demonstrated the antioxidant activities of red cabbage (RC), and here, we aimed to determine the effects of 2-month long RC consumption using a high-fat/high-fructose model of diabetic rats.
CB1 receptor blockade ameliorates hepatic fat infiltration and inflammation and increases Nrf2-AMPK pathway in a rat model of severely uncontrolled diabetes
Chang E, Kim DH, Yang H, Lee DH, Bae SH and Park CY
Previous studies have shown that the CB1 receptor antagonist reverses steatohepatitis and its related features of metabolic syndrome, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, the beneficial effects of CB1 receptor blockade on hepatic steatosis and inflammation have not been investigated independently of its effects on body weight and glycemic control. At 32 weeks of age, OLETF rats were administered with rimonabant (10 mg·kg-1·day-1) by oral gavage for 6 weeks. No significant changes in body weight, OGTT, and serum glucose were observed in spite of rimonabant-decreased food intake. Moreover, there was a significant difference between initial and final body weight, regardless of rimonabant administration, indicating that OLETF rats were severely diabetic rats. Rimonabant administration significantly decreased serum liver enzyme levels such as ALT and AST, hepatic fat accumulation, lipid peroxidation, and cell death as demonstrated by the number of TUNEL-positive cells in severely uncontrolled diabetic OLETF rats. Significant decreases in hepatic gene expression of proinflammatory cytokines (CD11b, F4/80, MCP1, and TNFα), negative inflammatory mediators (SOCS1 and SOCS3), and fibrosis-related proteins (TGFβ, collagen 1, and TIMP1) were found in rimonabant-treated OLETF rats. Six-week administration of rimonabant significantly upregulated mRNA levels of CPT1α and PPARα related to β-oxidation. Moreover, significant increases in Nrf2 gene expression and its downstream genes, NQO1, GSAT, HO-1, and TXNRD1 along with increased AMPK phosphorylation were noted in uncontrolled diabetic rats treated with rimonabant. The observed potent inhibitory effects of CB1 receptor blockade on hepatic fat infiltration and cellular death in severely uncontrolled diabetic rats indicate that CB1 receptor is a possible therapeutic target. Increased Nrf2 and AMPK phosphorylation may play a role in the mechanism of rimonabant action.
Inhibitory Effects of Momordicine I on High-Glucose-Induced Cell Proliferation and Collagen Synthesis in Rat Cardiac Fibroblasts
Chen PY, Shih NL, Hao WR, Chen CC, Liu JC and Sung LC
Diabetes-associated cardiac fibrosis is a severe cardiovascular complication. Momordicine I, a bioactive triterpenoid isolated from bitter melon, has been demonstrated to have antidiabetic properties. This study investigated the effects of momordicine I on high-glucose-induced cardiac fibroblast activation. Rat cardiac fibroblasts were cultured in a high-glucose (25 mM) medium in the absence or presence of momordicine I, and the changes in collagen synthesis, transforming growth factor-1 (TGF-1) production, and related signaling molecules were assessed. Increased oxidative stress plays a critical role in the development of high-glucose-induced cardiac fibrosis; we further explored momordicine I's antioxidant activity and its effect on fibroblasts. Our data revealed that a high-glucose condition promoted fibroblast proliferation and collagen synthesis and these effects were abolished by momordicine I (0.3 and 1 M) pretreatment. Furthermore, the inhibitory effect of momordicine I on high-glucose-induced fibroblast activation may be associated with its activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and the inhibition of reactive oxygen species formation, TGF-1 production, and Smad2/3 phosphorylation. The addition of brusatol (a selective inhibitor of Nrf2) or Nrf2 siRNA significantly abolished the inhibitory effect of momordicine I on fibroblast activation. Our findings revealed that the antifibrotic effect of momordicine I was mediated, at least partially, by the inhibition of the TGF-1/Smad pathway, fibroblast proliferation, and collagen synthesis through Nrf2 activation. Thus, this work provides crucial insights into the molecular pathways for the clinical application of momordicine I for treating diabetes-associated cardiac fibrosis.
Recent Update on the Pharmacological Effects and Mechanisms of Dihydromyricetin
Zhang J, Chen Y, Luo H, Sun L, Xu M, Yu J, Zhou Q, Meng G and Yang S
As the most abundant natural flavonoid in rattan tea, dihydromyricetin (DMY) has shown a wide range of pharmacological effects. In addition to the general characteristics of flavonoids, DMY has the effects of cardioprotection, anti-diabetes, hepatoprotection, neuroprotection, anti-tumor, and dermatoprotection. DMY was also applied for the treatment of bacterial infection, osteoporosis, asthma, kidney injury, nephrotoxicity and so on. These effects to some extent enrich the understanding about the role of DMY in disease prevention and therapy. However, to date, we still have no outlined knowledge about the detailed mechanism of DMY, which might be related to anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation. And the detailed mechanisms may be associated with several different molecules involved in cellular apoptosis, oxidative stress, and inflammation, such as AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), protein kinase B (Akt), nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) and so on. Here, we summarized the current pharmacological developments of DMY as well as possible mechanisms, aiming to push the understanding about the protective role of DMY as well as its preclinical assessment of novel application.

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