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The dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor sitagliptin protects against dyslipidemia-related kidney injury in Apolipoprotein E knockout mice.

Authors
  • Li, Jingjing
  • Guan, Meiping
  • Li, Chenzhong
  • Lyv, Fuping
  • Zeng, Yanmei
  • Zheng, Zongji
  • Wang, Chengzhi
  • Xue, Yaoming
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Publisher
MDPI AG
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
15
Issue
7
Pages
11416–11434
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/ijms150711416
PMID: 24972137
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The goal of this study was to investigate the possible protective effects of sitagliptin against dyslipidemia-related kidney injury in apolipoprotein E knockout (apoE-/-) mice. Eight-week-old male apoE-/- mice were randomized to receive either a high fat diet (HFD, apoE-/- group) or HFD mixed with sitagliptin (sita + apoE-/- group) for 16 weeks. A control group of age- and gender-matched C57BL/6J mice were fed a HFD. The apoE-/- group exhibited increases in body weight and serum lipid levels in addition to high-density lipoprotein, and increases in 24-h urinary 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine and albuminuria excretion. Decreased insulin sensitivity was also observed in the apoE-/- group. These mice additionally contained enlargements of the glomerular mesangial matrix area, lipid deposition area, and renal interstitium collagen area. The apoE-/- group also demonstrated down-regulation of phosphorylated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), increases in renal mRNA expression of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) and fibronectin (FN), and increased protein expression of Akt, TGF-β1, FN and p38/ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Sitagliptin treatment successfully ameliorated all the deleterious effects of dyslipidemia tested. To our knowledge, this is the first time that sitagliptin has been shown to reverse the renal dysfunction and structural damage induced by dyslipidemia in apoE-/- mice. Our results suggest that the renoprotective mechanism of sitagliptin may be due to a reduction in Akt levels, a restoration of AMPK activity, and inhibition of TGF-β1, FN, and p38/ERK MAPK signaling pathways.

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