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Non-enzymatic glycation of elastin


Non-enzymatic glycation of proteins is one of the key mechanisms in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications and may be significant in the age-related changes of tissues. We investigated thein vitro glycation of human aortic α-elastin, and chose and adapted methods for evaluating the degree and kinetics of glycation. α-Elastin was prepared from thoracic aortas of young accident victims and glycated by incubating with different glucose concentrations (25, 50, 75 and 100 mmol/l) in 0.2 M phosphate buffer, pH 7.8 for 30 days, at 37°C. The degree of glycation was measured by three colorimetric methods,i.e. Nitroblue tetrazolium, 2-thiobarbituric acid and hydrazine; by aminophenyl-boronate affinity chromatography which determines Amadori products; and by a fluorescence method which determines advanced glycosylation end products. The highest degree of glycation was found on day 3 after the beginning of incubation. Fluorescence, as an index of advanced glycation, consistently increased from days 5 to 24. Investigation of the properties of glycated elastin may help in understanding the importance of this long-lived protein for the age-related changes in tissues and for diabetic complications.

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Baydanoff, S., Konova, E., Dosheva, I. et al. Non-enzymatic glycation of elastin. Glycosylation & Disease 1, 53–58 (1994).

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  • advanced glycosylation end products
  • aging
  • complications
  • diabetes
  • elastin
  • non-enzymatic glycation