Role and mechanism of vaspin in diabetic cardiomyopathy

KE Xuan1,2 LI Bin-gong1 HAO Yan-qin1 LI Xue-lian1 ZOU Jin3

(1.Department of Cardiology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China 330006)
(2.Department of Cardiology, the Third Hospital of Wuhan City, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China 430000)
(3.Department of Cardiology, Jiangxi Provincial People’s Hospital, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China 330006)

【Abstract】Aim To observe the effects of vaspin on myocardial fibrosis and cardiac function in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) rats. Methods Male SD rats were divided randomly into three groups: control group, DCM group, and vaspin group. Rats in control group were simply treated with normal saline (0.5 mL·kg−1·d−1) and those in vaspin group were injected intraperitoneally with vaspin (320 ng·kg−1·d−1) solution daily for 12 weeks after diabetes was developed. Then the following experiments were performed: Echocardiography to assess left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), fractional shortening (FS), left ventricular end-diastole diameter (LVIDd), left ventricular end-systolic diameter (LVIDs) and Em/Am; ELISA to measure serum TNF-α concentration; Masson’s trichrome method to assess cardiac fibrosis and analyze collagen volume fraction (CVF); Western blot to examine the expressions of LC3, Beclin-1, P62, Bax, Bcl-2, TGF-β1 and collagen I in the myocardium. Results As for TNF-α levels, there was no statistically significant difference between DCM group and vaspin group, or statistically significant difference between DCM and control group. Echocardiography performed to assess the effect of vaspin on cardiac function showed that LVEF and FS levels were decreased in DCM group while increased in vaspin group. The ratio of Em/Am was decreased in DCM group but was not improved in vaspin group. Western blot showed that LC3-II/LC3-I ratio and Beclin-1 expression decreased and P62 expression increased in DCM group, which were reversed by vaspin treatment. Compared with DCM group, collagen deposition in vaspin group decreased. Western blot suggested that vaspin could reduce the expression of collagen I, but had no significant effect on the expression of TGF-β1. Conclusion Vaspin increases the level of autophagy and could ameliorate myocardial fibrosis and cardiac function in rats with diabetic cardiomyopathy.

【Keywords】 vaspin; autophagy; fibrosis; DCM; apoptosis; oxidative stress;


【Funds】 Natural Science Foundation of China (81460046) Key Research Project of Education Bureau of Jiangxi Province, China (GJJ160022)

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CN: 34-1086/R

Vol 34, No. 10, Pages 1403-1408

October 2018


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  • 1 Materials and methods
  • 2 Results
  • 3 Discussion
  • References