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Free Radic Biol Med. 2011 Oct 15;51(8):1473-9. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2011.07.007. Epub 2011 Jul 19.

Urinary 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine as a biomarker in type 2 diabetes.

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Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology Q7642, Rigshospitalet, DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark.


The increasing prevalence of diabetes together with the associated morbidity and mortality calls for additional preventive and therapeutic strategies. New biomarkers that can be used in therapy control and risk stratification as alternatives to current methods are needed and can facilitate a more individualized and sufficient treatment of diabetes. Evidence derived from both epidemiological and mechanistic studies suggests that oxidative stress has an important role in mediating the pathologies of diabetic complications. A marker of intracellular oxidative stress that potentially could be used as a valuable biomarker in diabetes is the DNA oxidation marker 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG), which can be assessed noninvasively in the urine, with minimal discomfort for the patient. In this review the analytical validity of 8-oxodG is addressed by highlighting important methodological issues. The available epidemiological evidence regarding urinary 8-oxodG and type 2 diabetes is presented. A possible role for DNA oxidation in cancer development in type 2 diabetes patients is discussed, followed by an evaluation of the potential of urinary 8-oxodG as a clinical biomarker in type 2 diabetes.

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