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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2008 Sep;65(18):2924-32. doi: 10.1007/s00018-008-8255-3.

Differential regulation of collagen types I and III expression in cardiac fibroblasts by AGEs through TRB3/MAPK signaling pathway.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, PR China.


Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play an important role in collagen deposition in diabetic cardiomyopathy. TRB3, a mammalian homolog of Drosophila tribbles, functions to increase glucose intolerance and regulates cell proliferation. We demonstrated that AGEs induce collagen type I expression but inhibit collagen type III expression, accompanied by increased TRB3 expression. Furthermore, the collagen type I induced byAGEs was down-regulated after inhibition of ERK and p38-MAPK, the collagen type III reduced by AGEs was up-regulated after inhibition of ERK. The expression of collagen types I and III regulated by AGEs through MAPK was partly reversed after treatment with TRB3 siRNA. It suggests that the TRB3/MAPK signaling pathway participates in the regulation of collagen types I and III by AGEs and may provide new therapeutic strategies for diabetic cardiomyopathy.

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