Plasma levels of adiponectin, an adipose-specific protein with putative anti-atherogenic properties, could be down-regulated in obese and diabetic subjects. Recent insights suggest that the injured endothelial monolayer is regenerated by circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), but high glucose reduces number and functions of EPCs. Here, we tested the hypothesis that globular adiponectin can improve high glucose-suppressed EPC functions by restoration of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity. Late EPCs isolated from healthy subjects appeared with cobblestone shape at 2-4. weeks. EPCs were incubated with high glucose (25. mM) and treatment with globular adiponectin for functional study. Migration and tube formation assays were used to evaluate the vasculogenetic capacity of EPCs. The activities of eNOS, Akt and concentrations of nitric oxide (NO) were also determined. Administration of globular adiponectin at physiological concentrations promoted EPC migration and tube formation, and dose-dependently upregulated phosphorylation of eNOS, Akt and augmented NO production. Chronic incubation of EPCs in high-glucose medium significantly impaired EPC function and induced cellular senescence, but these suppression effects were reversed by treatment with globular adiponectin. Globular adiponectin reversed high glucose-impaired EPC functions through NO- and p38 MAPK-related mechanisms. In addition, nude mice that received EPCs treated with adiponectin in high glucose medium showed a significant improvement in blood flow than those received normal saline and EPCs incubated in high glucose conditions. The administration of globular adiponectin improved high glucose-impaired EPC functions in vasculogenesis by restoration of eNOS activity. These beneficial effects may provide some novel rational to the vascular protective properties of adiponectin.
- Endothelial progenitor cell
- Mitogen-activated protein kinase
- Nitric oxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine