Late-intervention study with ebselen in an experimental model of type 1 diabetic nephropathy

S.M Tan, A. Sharma, N. Stefanovic, J.B. de Haan

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Background and aim. Previous studies have shown that preventive treatment with the antioxidant, ebselen, in experimental models of type 1 diabetic nephropathy resulted in an attenuation of structural and functional damage in the kidney. However, evidence for the effectiveness of ebselen in late-intervention studies is lacking. Thus, we aimed to investigate the effects of ebselen in attenuating established renal injury in type 1 diabetic nephropathy using the Akita mouse model. Methods. Baseline blood glucose and albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) were measured in wild-type (WT) and heterozygous Akita mice at 9 weeks of age. At 10 weeks of age, WT and Akita mice were randomized to receive either vehicle (5% carboxymethyl cellulose) or ebselen by oral gavage at 10mg/kg twice daily. Kidney and urine were collected after 16 weeks of treatment with ebselen for histological and functional analyses. Results. At 9 weeks of age, Akita mice displayed well-established renal dysfunction with significant increases in ACR and urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels when compared with WT controls. After 16 weeks of treatment with ebselen, oxidative stress, as measured by nitrotyrosine immunostaining and urinary 8-OHdG levels, was significantly reduced in the Akita mice. Furthermore, gene expression of the major reactive oxygen species-producing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate enzyme, Nox4, was also reduced by ebselen. However, ebselen had no effect on ACR and glomerulosclerosis. Conclusion. Chronic treatment with ebselen significantly reduced oxidative stress in the Akita mice. However, ebselen failed to attenuate functional or structural kidney damage in this late-intervention study using the Akita mouse model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-227
Number of pages9
JournalFree Radical Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Akita mouse
  • Antioxidant therapy
  • GPx mimetic
  • Kidney disease
  • Oxidative stress

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