Role of oxidative stress in physiological albumin glycation: a neglected interaction

Vlassopoulos, A., Lean, M.E.J. and Combet, E. (2013) Role of oxidative stress in physiological albumin glycation: a neglected interaction. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 60, pp. 318-324. (doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.03.010)

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Protein glycation is a key mechanism involved in chronic disease development in both diabetic and nondiabetic individuals. About 12–18% of circulating proteins are glycated in vivo in normoglycemic blood, but in vitro studies have hitherto failed to demonstrate glucose-driven glycation below a concentration of 30 mM. Bovine serum albumin (BSA), reduced BSA (mercaptalbumin) (both 40 g/L), and human plasma were incubated with glucose concentrations of 0–30 mM for 4 weeks at 37 °C. All were tested preoxidized for 8 h before glycation with 10 nM H2O2 or continuously exposed to 10 nM H2O2 throughout the incubation period. Fructosamine was measured (nitroblue tetrazolium method) at 2 and 4 weeks. Oxidized BSA (both preoxidized and continuously exposed to H2O2) was more readily glycated than native BSA at all glucose concentrations (p = 0.03). Moreover, only oxidized BSA was glycated at physiological glucose concentration (5 mM) compared to glucose-free control (glycation increased by 35% compared to native albumin, p < 0.05). Both 5 and 10 mM glucose led to higher glycation when mercaptalbumin was oxidized than when unoxidized (p < 0.05). Fructosamine concentration in human plasma was also significantly higher when oxidized and exposed to 5 mM glucose, compared to unoxidized plasma (p = 0.03). The interaction between glucose concentration and oxidation was significant in all protein models (p < 0.05). This study has for the first time demonstrated albumin glycation in vitro, using physiological concentrations of albumin, glucose, and hydrogen peroxide, identifying low-grade oxidative stress as a key element early in the glycation process.

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Keywords:Oxidative stress; hydrogen peroxide; albumin; plasma; glucose; mercaptalbumin; glycation; glucose; free radicals
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lean, Professor Michael and Combet Aspray, Professor Emilie
Authors: Vlassopoulos, A., Lean, M.E.J., and Combet, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Free Radical Biology and Medicine
ISSN (Online):1873-4596
Published Online:18 March 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine 60:318-324
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557722Dietary intervention in obese pregnancies: impact on glycation, inflammation and newborn adiposityEmilie Combet AsprayYorkhill Children's Foundation (YORKH-CHIL)UNSPECIFIEDMVLS MED -HUMAN NUTRITION