Acetaminophen prevents aging-associated hyperglycemia in aged rats: Effect of aging-associated hyperactivation of p38-MAPK and ERK1/2

Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755-1090, USA.
Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews (Impact Factor: 3.59). 03/2009; 25(3):279-86. DOI: 10.1002/dmrr.932
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ABSTRACT Aging-related hyperglycemia is associated with increased oxidative stress and diminished muscle glucose transporter-4 (Glut4) that may be regulated, at least in part, by the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK).
To test the possibility that aging-related hyperglycemia can be prevented by pharmacological manipulation of MAPK hyperactivation, aged (27-month old) Fischer 344/NNiaHSD x Brown Norway/BiNia F1 (F344BN) rats were administered acetaminophen (30 mg/kg body weight/day) for 6 months in drinking water.
Hepatic histopathology, serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase analyses suggested that chronic acetaminophen did not cause hepatotoxicity. Compared with adult (6-month) and aged (27-month) rats, very aged rats (33-month) had higher levels of blood glucose, phosphorylation of soleus p38-MAPK and extracellular-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), superoxide and oxidatively modified proteins (p<0.05), and these changes were associated with decreased soleus Glut4 protein abundance (p<0.05). Chronic acetaminophen treatment attenuated age-associated increase in blood glucose by 61.3% (p<0.05) and increased soleus Glut4 protein by 157.2% (p<0.05). These changes were accompanied by diminished superoxide levels, decrease in oxidatively modified proteins (-60.8%; p<0.05) and reduced p38-MAPK and ERK1/2 hyperactivation (-50.4% and -35.4%, respectively; p<0.05).
These results suggest that acetaminophen may be useful for the treatment of age-associated hyperglycemia.

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