Hydrogen sulfide mediates the vasoactivity of garlic

Departments of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 11/2007; 104(46):17977-82. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0705710104
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The consumption of garlic is inversely correlated with the progression of cardiovascular disease, although the responsible mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that human RBCs convert garlic-derived organic polysulfides into hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S), an endogenous cardioprotective vascular cell signaling molecule. This H(2)S production, measured in real time by a novel polarographic H(2)S sensor, is supported by glucose-maintained cytosolic glutathione levels and is to a large extent reliant on reduced thiols in or on the RBC membrane. H(2)S production from organic polysulfides is facilitated by allyl substituents and by increasing numbers of tethering sulfur atoms. Allyl-substituted polysulfides undergo nucleophilic substitution at the alpha carbon of the allyl substituent, thereby forming a hydropolysulfide (RS(n)H), a key intermediate during the formation of H(2)S. Organic polysulfides (R-S(n)-R'; n > 2) also undergo nucleophilic substitution at a sulfur atom, yielding RS(n)H and H(2)S. Intact aorta rings, under physiologically relevant oxygen levels, also metabolize garlic-derived organic polysulfides to liberate H(2)S. The vasoactivity of garlic compounds is synchronous with H(2)S production, and their potency to mediate relaxation increases with H(2)S yield, strongly supporting our hypothesis that H(2)S mediates the vasoactivity of garlic. Our results also suggest that the capacity to produce H(2)S can be used to standardize garlic dietary supplements.

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    • "Garlic has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years (Chen, Kao, Tseng, Chang, & Hsu, 2014; Kim, Kang, & Gweon, 2013; Ota et al., 2012); while its health benefits especially the cardioprotective effects have been documented in some clinical studies (Qidwai & Ashfaq, 2013; Rohner, Ried, Sobenin, Bucher, & Nordmann, 2014; Stabler, Tejani, Huynh, & Fowkes, 2012), the mechanisms remain elusive. Benavides and co-workers (Benavides et al., 2007) provided a completely new mechanism by showing that garlic extracts, as well as its major compounds diallyl trisulphide (DATS) and diallyl disulphide (DADS), could be converted into H2S by human red blood cells or by rat aorta, and the resulting H2S was able to relax rat aorta ring. Another group reported that S-allyl cysteine , the major water soluble compound of aged garlic extract, was protective against myocardial infarction through an H2S dependent mechanism (Chuah, Moore, & Zhu, 2007). "
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    • "There is also a wealth of evidence that the enteric flora contributes to the pathogenesis of NSAIDenteropathy , but it is unclear if the bacteria play a primary role in ulcer formation, or merely exacerbate injury once it has occurred (Uejima et al., 1996; Hagiwara et al., 2004). In the present study, we have examined the possibility that a garlic-derived H2S donor, diallyl disulphide (DADS) (Benavides et al., 2007), could prevent NSAID-induced enteropathy in a rat model. We also attempted to determine if "
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    • "However, full characterization of many of these sulphide-delivering agents is lacking. The most widely used naturally occurring H2S donors are the garlic constituents DATS and DADS, which have been characterized both in vitro and in vivo (Benavides et al., 2007). "
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