Effects of human endothelial gene polymorphisms on cellular responses to hyperglycaemia: Role of NOS3 (Glu298Asp) and ACE (I/D) polymorphisms

Mandar S. Joshi, Suvara Wattanapitayakul, Brandon L. Schanbacher, John A. Bauer

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The functional relevance of NOS3 and ACE genetic variations to endothelial cell function is largely unstudied. Here we tested the functional relevance of the NOS3 (Glu298Asp) polymorphism and ACE (I/D) polymorphism in endothelial cells in vitro. Our hypothesis was that these genetic polymorphisms alter endothelial cell sensitivity to glucose and 3-nitrotyrosine (3NT). Genotyped HUVECs were incubated with glucose, free 3NT or a combination of these two toxicants. Significant differences in glucose-induced cell death and free 3NT-induced cell death were observed among the NOS3 genotypes. Combined glucose/3NT caused increased toxicity among the NOS3 genotypes. No differences were observed among the ACE genotypes in their responses to glucose/3NT. These data demonstrate that the NOS3 genotype may be an important predictor of, or be mechanistically involved in, endothelial vulnerability, whereas the ACE I/D genotype is apparently less important. Thus this NOS3 genetic variation may play a role in vulnerability to endothelium-dependent diabetic vascular complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes and Vascular Disease Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [Grant numbers HL63067 and DK55053; PI: JAB] and the Victorian Government’s Operational Infrastructure Support Program.


  • angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
  • diabetes
  • endothelial nitric oxide synthase (NOS3)
  • genetic polymorphisms
  • vascular complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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