Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 271–278 | Cite as

Overexpression of Sirtuin2 prevents high glucose-induced vascular endothelial cell injury by regulating the p53 and NF-κB signaling pathways

  • Wenguang Zhang
  • Dongmei Liu
  • Jianzhuang Ren
  • Pengli Zhou
  • Xinwei Han
Original Research Paper



To investigate the potential role and underlying mechanism of Sirtuin2 (SIRT2) in regulating high glucose (HG)-induced vascular endothelial cell injury by using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).


SIRT2 mRNA and protein expression levels were decreased in HG-treated HUVECs. SIRT2 overexpression increased viability, decreased apoptosis and reduced levels of reactive oxygen species in HG-treated HUVECs. SIRT2 overexpression decreased TNF-α expression (146.5 ± 22.8 pg TNF-α ml−1) relative to that in the empty vector group (263.5 ± 18.5 pg TNF-α ml−1) and decreased MCP-1 expression (63.8 ± 9.85 pg MCP-1 ml−1) relative to that in the empty vector group (105.8 ± 8.5 pg MCP-1 ml−1). SIRT2 overexpression decreased the acetylation of p53 by 33% and decreased the acetylation of NF-κB p65 by 58% in HG-treated HUVECs.


SIRT2 prevents HG-induced vascular endothelial cell injury through suppressing the p53 and NF-κB signaling pathways.


High-glucose Hyperglycemia p53 Sirtuin2 SIRT2 Vascular endothelial cells 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Interventional RadiologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyHenan Province Cancer HospitalZhengzhouChina

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