Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 361, Issue 1–2, pp 289–296 | Cite as

Advanced glycation end products enhance reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generation in neutrophils in vitro

  • Savita Bansal
  • Manushi Siddarth
  • Diwesh Chawla
  • Basu D. Banerjee
  • S. V. Madhu
  • Ashok K. Tripathi


Increased oxidative stress (OS) in diabetes mellitus is one of the major factors leading to diabetic pathology. However, the mediators and mechanism that provoke OS in diabetes is not fully understood, and it is possible that accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) formed secondary to hyperglycemic conditions may incite circulating polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). In this report, we aim to investigate the effect of AGE on reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generation and subsequent OS in PMN. AGE-HSA exert dose- and time-dependent enhancement of ROS and reactive nitrogen intermediates (RNI) generation by PMN. Increased ROS and RNI generation were found to be mediated through the upregulation of NADPH oxidase and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), respectively, as evident from the fact that AGE-treated neutrophils failed to generate ROS and RNI in presence of diphenyleneiodonium, a flavoprotein inhibitor for both enzymes. Further increased generation of ROS and RNI ceased when the cells were incubated with anti-RAGE antibody suggesting the involvement of AGE–RAGE interaction. Also increased malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyl formation in AGE-exposed PMN suggest induction of OS by AGE. This study provides evidence that AGEs may play a key role in the induction of oxidative stress through the augmentation of PMN-mediated ROS and RNI generation and this may be in part responsible for development of AGE-induced diabetic pathology.


Advanced glycation end products Polymorphonuclear neutrophil NADPH oxidase Inducible nitric oxide synthase Protein carbonyl Malondialdehyde Diphenyleneiodonium Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species 



This work is supported through a project funded by Indian Council of Medical research and one of the authors Savita Bansal is thankful to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India for providing Junior Research Fellowship (NET). Authors are thankful to Prof. Rina Chakrabarti, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi and Dr. Sudip Dutta for providing necessary help in spectrofluorometric assays and manuscript editing, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Savita Bansal
    • 1
  • Manushi Siddarth
    • 1
  • Diwesh Chawla
    • 1
  • Basu D. Banerjee
    • 1
  • S. V. Madhu
    • 2
  • Ashok K. Tripathi
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemistry and Immunology Laboratory, Department of BiochemistryUniversity College of Medical Sciences (University of Delhi) and G.T.B. HospitalDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity College of Medical Sciences (University of Delhi) and G.T.B. HospitalDelhiIndia

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