Resveratrol Cardioprotection Against Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Involves Upregulation of Adiponectin Levels and Multimerization in Type 2 Diabetic Mice

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Downregulation of adiponectin (APN) multimerization is significantly correlated with the aggravation of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Resveratrol (RSV) upregulates APN multimerization in adipocytes, but whether RSV improves endogenous APN multimerization and thus attenuates MI/R injury in T2DM mice has never been investigated. T2DM mice were treated with 10 mg/kg RSV daily for 3 weeks, followed by 30 minutes of myocardial ischemia and 3 hours or 24 hours of reperfusion. RSV administration alleviated MI/R injury in diabetic mice, as evidenced by reduced infarct size, cardiomyocyte apoptosis, and caspase-3 activity, and improved cardiac function. Moreover, RSV reversed the downregulated APN levels and multimerization both in plasma and adipose tissue, accompanied by increased disulfide bond A oxidoreductase-like protein (DsbA-L) expression in T2DM mice. Conversely, serving as a key downstream molecule of APN in ameliorating MI/R injury, inhibition of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) significantly attenuated the cardioprotective effects of RSV. In conclusion, long-term administration of RSV upregulates adiponectin levels and multimerization in T2DM mice, consequently attenuating MI/R injury partially through APN-AMPK signaling.

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