TAT-mediated peroxiredoxin 5 and 6 protein transduction protects against high-glucose-induced cytotoxicity in retinal pericytes

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Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress is implicated in pericyte apoptosis seen in diabetic retinopathy. The six mammalian Peroxiredoxins (PRDXs) comprise a novel family of antioxidative proteins that negatively regulate oxidative stress-induced apoptosis by controlling reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels.

Main methods:

Sprague-Dawley rats were used to detect the retinal expressions of PRDXs1-6. Pig pericytes cultured in high-glucose medium were used to monitor the protective effect of PRDX5 and 6 against high-glucose-associated change. Recombinant PRDX5 and 6 proteins were linked to the Trans-Activating Transduction (TAT) domain from HIV-1 TAT protein for their efficient delivery into cells/tissues.

Key findings:

We found higher expression of PRDX5 and 6 mRNAs and PRDX5 and 6 proteins in retina than the other Prdxs (Prdx1-4). Western blotting affirmed the intracellular presence of TAT-linked proteins and revealed the efficient transduction of TAT-HA-PRDX5 and 6 in these cells. Extrinsic supply of TAT-HA-PRDX5 and 6 proteins inhibited the oxidative stress-induced DNA damage after high-glucose exposure in pig pericytes. The cell survival and apoptosis assay revealed that extrinsic supply of TAT-HA-PRDX5 and 6 proteins was responsible for inhibiting hyperglycemia-induced pericyte apoptosis.


Results suggest that delivery of PRDX5 and 6 might protect hyperglycemia-induced pericyte loss to inhibit oxidative stress.

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