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Reduced cortical renal GLUT1 expression induced by angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition in diabetic spontaneously hypertensive rats

Souza, M.S.; Machado, U.F.; Okamoto, M.; Bertoluci, M.C.; Ponpermeyer, C.; Leguisamo, N.; Azambuja, F.; Irigoyen, M.C.; Schaan, B.D.

Diabetes in spontaneously hypertensive rats is associated with cortical renal GLUT1 and GLUT2 overexpression. Our objective was to evaluate the effect of the angiotensin-converting enzyme blockade on cortical renal GLUT1 and GLUT2 expression, urinary albumin and urinary TGF-β1. Streptozotocin, 50 mg/kg, or citrate buffer (N = 16) was administered as a single injection into the tail vein in adult spontaneously hypertensive rats (~260 g). Thirty days later, these diabetic spontaneously hypertensive rats received ramipril by gavage: 0.01 mg·kgsup-1/sup·daysup-1/sup (D0.01, N = 14), 1 mg·kgsup-1/sup·daysup-1/sup (D1, N = 9) or water (D, N = 11) for 15 days. Albumin and TGF-β1 (24-h urine), direct arterial pressure, renal tissue angiotensin-converting enzyme activity (fluorometric assay), and GLUT1 and GLUT2 protein levels (Western blot, renal cortex) were determined. Glycemia and glycosuria were higher (P lt; 0.05) in the diabetic rats compared with controls, but similar between the diabetic groups. Diabetes in spontaneously hypertensive rats lowered renal tissue angiotensin-converting enzyme activity (40%), which was reduced further when higher ramipril doses were used. Diabetes associated with hypertension raised GLUT1 by 28% (P lt; 0.0001) and GLUT2 by 76% (P = 0.01), and both doses of ramipril equally reduced cortical GLUT1 (D ivs /iD1 and ivs /iD0.01, P ≤ 0.001). GLUT2 levels were reduced in D0.01 (P lt; 0.05 ivs /iD). Diabetes increased urinary albumin and TGF-β1 urinary excretion, but the 15-day ramipril treatment (with either dose) did not reduce them. In conclusion, ramipril is effective in lowering renal tissue angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, as well as blocking cortical GLUT1 overexpression, which may be beneficial in arresting the development of diabetic nephropathy.

Keywords: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic nephropathy; Glucose transporter proteins; Hypertension; Streptozotocin.

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