Alpha-Lipoic Acid Improves Subclinical Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Asymptomatic Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

Authors

  • Sahar K. Hegazy , Tarek M. Mostafa , Dalia R. El-Afify Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tanta University, Egypt
  • Osama A. Tolba Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Tan-ta University, Egypt
  • Manal A. Eid Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Egypt.

Keywords:

type 1 diabetes · diabetic cardiomyopathy · alpha-lipoic acid · oxidative stress · apoptosis · fibrosis · echocardiography

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that may have a protective role in diabetic cardiac dysfunction. AIM: We investigated the possible beneficial effect of alpha-lipoic acid on diabetic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in children and adolescents with asymptomatic type 1 diabetes (T1D). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty T1D patients (aged 10-14) were randomized to receive insulin treatment (n = 15) or insulin plus alpha-lipoic acid 300 mg twice daily (n = 15) for four months. Age and sex matched healthy controls (n = 15) were also included. Patients were evaluated with conventional 2-dimensional echocardiographic examination (2D), pulsed tissue Doppler (PTD), and 2-dimensional longitudinal strain echocardiography (2DS) before and after therapy. Glutathione, malondialdhyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), Fas ligand (Fas-L), matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2), and troponin-I were determined and correlated to echocardiographic parameters. RESULTS: Diabetic patients had significantly lower levels of glutathione and significantly higher MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, Fas-L, MMP-2, and troponin-I levels than control subjects. The expression of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) mRNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells was also increased in diabetic patients. Significant correlations of mitral e'/a' ratio and left ventricular global peak systolic strain with glutathione, MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, and FasL were observed in diabetic patients. Alpha-lipoic acid significantly increased glutathione level and significantly decreased MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, Fas-L, MMP-2, troponin-I levels, and TGF-beta gene expression. Moreover, alphalipoic acid significantly increased mitral e’/a’ ratio and left ventricular global peak systolic strain in diabetic patients. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that alpha-lipoic acid may have a role in preventing the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy in type 1 diabetes.

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Published

2023-08-12