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Addition of glucose and methylglyoxal on neutrophil function: role of astaxanthin and vitamin C

Grant number: 09/17381-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2010
Effective date (End): December 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Physiology - General Physiology
Principal Investigator:Rosemari Otton
Grantee:Beatriz Alves Guerra
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde. Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The increasing incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the major threats to human health nowadays. Hormonal changes, excessive caloric intake, physical inactivity and obesity have a significant influence on its pathogenesis, and the cell dysfunction and the insulin resistance are the principal events that cause the increase in plasma glucose (hyperglycemia). The presence of hyperglycemia favors the reaction of glucose molecules with amino groups of proteins, forming glycation-end products (AGEs). The pathological effects of AGEs are related to the ability of these compounds to modify the chemical properties and functions of various biological structures. The formation of AGEs is directly associated with the onset of diabetic complications. This study aims to evaluate the effect of concomitant treatment of methylglyoxal and glucose to induce AGEs and oxidative stress in neutrophils from human peripheral blood and the possible protective role of astaxanthin and vitamin C on the functional parameters of these cells. The evaluations to be performed include: cell viability by flow cytometry after treatment of cells with methylglyoxal (5 µM) and glucose (20 mM) in addition to treatment with ASTA (2 µM) and vitamin C (100 µM), production of pro- and anti-inflammatory interleukins, production of ROS/RNS by evaluation the production of superoxide anion, nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), GSH/GSSG rate. This study may contribute to the understanding of the involvement of AGEs in the function of immune cells and the possible intervention of ASTA and vitamin C in this process. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GUERRA, B. A.; BOLIN, A. P.; OTTON, R.. Carbonyl stress and a combination of astaxanthin/vitamin C induce biochemical changes in human neutrophils. TOXICOLOGY IN VITRO, v. 26, n. 7, p. 1181-1190, . (09/14382-7, 09/17381-1)
GUERRA, BEATRIZ ALVES; OTTON, ROSEMARI. Impact of the carotenoid astaxanthin on phagocytic capacity and ROS/RNS production of human neutrophils treated with free fatty acids and high glucose. International Immunopharmacology, v. 11, n. 12, p. 2220-2226, . (09/17381-1)
GUERRA, BEATRIZ ALVES; BOLIN, ANAYSA PAOLA; MORANDI, ANA CAROLINA; OTTON, ROSEMARI. Glycolaldehyde impairs neutrophil biochemical parameters by an oxidative and calcium-dependent mechanism-Protective role of antioxidants astaxanthin and vitamin C. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, v. 98, n. 1, p. 108-118, . (09/14382-7, 09/17381-1)

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