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J Physiol. 2011 Nov 15;589(Pt 22):5539-53. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2011.215277. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

Prior endurance exercise prevents postprandial lipaemia-induced increases in reactive oxygen species in circulating CD31+ cells.

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Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD 20742-2611, USA.


We hypothesized that prior exercise would prevent postprandial lipaemia (PPL)-induced increases in intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in three distinct circulating angiogenic cell (CAC) subpopulations. CD34(+), CD31(+)/CD14(-)/CD34(-), and CD31(+)/CD14(+)/CD34(-) CACs were isolated from blood samples obtained from 10 healthy men before and 4 h after ingesting a high fat meal with or without ∼50 min of prior endurance exercise. Significant PPL-induced increases in ROS production in both sets of CD31(+) cells were abolished by prior exercise. Experimental ex vivo inhibition of NADPH oxidase activity and mitochondrial ROS production indicated that mitochondria were the primary source of PPL-induced oxidative stress. The attenuated increases in ROS with prior exercise were associated with increased antioxidant gene expression in CD31(+)/CD14(-)/CD34(-) cells and reduced intracellular lipid uptake in CD31(+)/CD14(+)/CD34(-) cells. These findings were associated with systemic cardiovascular benefits of exercise, as serum triglyceride, oxidized low density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and plasma endothelial microparticle concentrations were lower in the prior exercise trial than the control trial. In conclusion, prior exercise completely prevents PPL-induced increases in ROS in CD31(+)/CD14(-)/CD34(-) and CD31(+)/CD14(+)/CD34(-) cells. The mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise on CAC function appear to vary among specific CAC types.

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