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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Aug 22;373(2):253-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.06.023. Epub 2008 Jun 17.

Telmisartan inhibits methylglyoxal-mediated cell death in human vascular endothelium.

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Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Kitasato University, Higashi 23 Bancho 35-1, Towada, Aomori 034-8628, Japan.


Methylglyoxal (MGO) is a metabolite of glucose. Since serum MGO level is increased in diabetic patients, MGO is implicated in diabetic complications related to vascular injury. We have recently demonstrated that glucose metabolite is a more powerful stimulant for endothelial cells (ECs) injury rather than glucose or advanced glycation-end products. Recent clinical trials suggest that angiotensin receptor blockers are effective to prevent diabetes-associated cardiovascular disorders beyond blood pressure lowering effect. To explore the mechanisms, we examined effects of telmisartan on MGO-induced ECs injury. Treatment of human umbilical vein ECs with MGO (560 microM) induced time-dependent (0-24 h) cell death. MGO-induced cell death was apoptosis since MGO increased cleaved caspase-3 expression. Telmisartan (0.1-10 microM) inhibited MGO-induced cell death and caspase-3 activation. These results indicate that telmisartan prevents MGO-induced apoptosis by inhibiting caspase-3 activation, which might explain at least in part the beneficial effects of telimisartan against diabetes-related cardiovascular diseases.

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