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J Biosci. 2016 Sep;41(3):407-17.

Sirtuin 1 and 7 mediate resveratrol-induced recovery from hyper-anxiety in high-fructose-fed prediabetic rats.

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Chemical Biology, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad 500 007, India.


Hyperglycaemia in diabetes is either caused by reduced availability of insulin (type 1 diabetes, T1D) or insulin resistance to the cells (type 2 diabetes, T2D). In recent years, the prevalence of T2D has increased to an alarming proportion, encompassing 95 percent of the total diabetic burden, probably due to economy-driven changes in lifestyle. Recent epidemiological studies show comorbid depression, anxiety and related mental illness. To explore the molecular mechanisms underlying this comorbid conditions, we used Sprague-Dawley rats on high-fructose diet for 8 weeks to induce prediabetic condition. Rats with this metabolic syndrome also showed hyper-anxiety when they were subjected to anxiety-related behavioural assays. Rats were administered with resveratrol, an activator of sirtuins, and metformin, a standard antidiabetic drug, simultaneously with fructose. We observed that resveratrol was more effective in protecting from both the metabolic (prediabetic) and affective (anxiety) disorders than metformin. Molecular studies showed that recovery was associated with the upregulation of few nuclear sirtuins that act epigenetically - Sirt 1 and 7, which were significantly attenuated in the striatum of prediabetic rats. In conclusion, our study showed that hyper-anxiety associated with prediabetic condition is ameliorated by resveratrol through modulation of sirtuins, which is more or less similar to metformin.

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