Diabetic cardiomyopathy and reactive oxygen species (ROS) related parameters in male and female rats: A comparative study

Vidya Akhileshwar, Samir P. Patel, Surendra S. Katyare

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Studies were carried out to examine and compare the effects of alloxan-diabetes on reactive oxygen species (ROS) related parameters in the heart from male and female rats. Effects of insulin treatment were also evaluated. The diabetic state severely compromised the ROS defense mechanism in the cardiac tissue and the effects were more pronounced in the female than in the male rats. There was several fold increase in the xanthine oxidase (XO) activity in general and the magnitude of increase was higher in the females; insulin treatment resulted in further increase in the XO activity. The glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and catalase activities decreased and the reduced glutathione (GSH) content in mitochondria was completely depleted in diabetic state with significant decrease in the GSH levels in the post-mitochondrial fraction; the effect was more pronounced in the females. The superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPox) activities increased in the diabetic state to a greater extent in male rats. Insulin treatment had restorative action only on some parameters. In conclusion, our results suggest that diabetic state may further compromise the weak ROS defense systems in the heart thus initiating a lesion at the level of mitochondria which ultimately leads to cardiomyopathy and the effects are especially more pronounced in the females. Our results also pointed out that insulin treatment was ineffective in restoring ROS related parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Alloxan-diabetes
  • Diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • ROS parameters in diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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