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Eur J Pharmacol. 2013 Oct 15;718(1-3):105-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2013.09.007. Epub 2013 Sep 13.

Protective effects of sitagliptin on myocardial injury and cardiac function in an ischemia/reperfusion rat model.

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Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, No.1 Yixueyuan Road, Chongqing 400016, PR China.


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects and the underlying mechanisms of sitagliptin pretreatment on myocardial injury and cardiac function in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) rat model. The rat model of myocardial I/R was constructed by coronary occlusion. Rats were pretreated with sitagliptin (300 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks, and then subjected to 30 min ischemia and 2h reperfusion. The release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), cardiac function and cardiomyocyte apoptosis were evaluated. The levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in heart and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) level in plasma were measured. Western blot analysis was performed to detect the target proteins of sitagliptin. Our results showed that sitagliptin pretreatment decreased LDH and CK-MB release, and MDA level in I/R rats. More importantly, we revealed for the first time that sitagliptin pretreatment decreased cardiomyocyte apoptosis while increased the levels of GSH-Px and SOD in heart. Sitagliptin also increased GLP-1 level and enhanced cardiac function in I/R rats. Furthermore, sitagliptin pretreatment up-regulated Akt(serine473) and Bad(serine136) phosphorylation, reduced the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2, and decreased expression levels of cleaved caspase-3 and caspase-3. Interestingly, the above observed effects of sitagliptin were all abolished when co-administered with GLP-1 receptor antagonist exendin-(9-39) or PI3K inhibitor LY294002. Taken together, our data indicate that sitagliptin pretreatment could reduce myocardial injury and improve cardiac function in I/R rats by reducing apoptosis and oxidative damage. The underlying mechanism might be the activation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway by GLP-1/GLP-1 receptor.


Cardiac function; Cardiomyocyte apoptosis; DPP4 inhibitor; Ischemia/reperfusion; Myocardial injury; Sitagliptin

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