Enhanced NF-κB activity impairs vascular function through PARP-1-, SP-1-, and COX-2-dependent mechanisms in type 2 diabetes

Modar Kassan, Soo Kyoung Choi, Maria Galán, Alexander Bishop, Kazuo Umezawa, Mohamed Trebak, Souad Belmadani, Khalid Matrougui

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Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with vascular dysfunction. We hypothesized that increased nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling contributes to vascular dysfunction in T2D. We treated type 2 diabetic (db -/db-) and control (db-/db+) mice with two NF-κB inhibitors (6 mg/kg dehydroxymethylepoxyquinomicin twice a week and 500 μg/kg/day IKK-NBD peptide) for 4 weeks. Pressure-induced myogenic tone was significantly potentiated, while endothelium-dependent relaxation (EDR) was impaired in small coronary arterioles and mesenteric resistance artery from diabetic mice compared with controls. Interestingly, diabetic mice treated with NF-κB inhibitors had significantly reduced myogenic tone potentiation and improved EDR. Importantly, vascular function was also rescued in db-/db-p50NF-κB-/- and db -/db-PARP-1-/- double knockout mice compared with db -/db- mice. Additionally, the acute in vitro downregulation of NF-κB-p65 using p65NF-κB short hairpin RNA lentivirus in arteries from db-/db- mice also improved vascular function. The NF-κB inhibition did not affect blood glucose level or body weight. The RNA levels for Sp-1 and eNOS phosphorylation were decreased, while p65NF-κB phosphorylation, cleaved poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1, and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 expression were increased in arteries from diabetic mice, which were restored after NF-κB inhibition and in db-/db-p50NF-κB-/- and db-/db -PARP-1-/- mice. In the current study, we provided evidence that enhanced NF-κB activity impairs vascular function by PARP-1-, Sp-1-, and COX-2-dependent mechanisms in male type 2 diabetic mice. Therefore, NF-κB could be a potential target to overcome diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2078-2087
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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