Placental protein tyrosine nitration and MAPK in type 1 diabetic pre-eclampsia: impact of antioxidant vitamin supplementation

Philip Johnston, L. Powell, David McCance, K. Pogue, C. McMaster, S. Gilchrist, V. A. Holmes, I. S. Young, Ann McGinty

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To examine the role of placental protein tyrosine nitration and p38-Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase α (p38-MAPKα), Extra Cellular-Signal Regulated Kinase (ERK) and c-Jun NH2-Terminal Kinase (JNK) activity, in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetic pre-eclampsia, and the putative modulation of these indices by maternal vitamin C and E supplementation.

Placental samples were obtained from a sub-cohort of the DAPIT trial: a randomised placebo-controlled trial of antioxidant supplementation to reduce pre-eclampsia in type 1 diabetic pregnancy. Placenta from placebo-treated: normotensive (NT) [n=17], gestational hypertension (GH) [n=7] and pre-eclampsia (PE) [n=6] and vitamin-treated: NT (n=20), GH (n=4) and PE (n=3) was analysed. Protein tyrosine nitration was assessed by immunohistochemistry in paraffin-embedded tissue. Catalytic activities of placental p38-MAPKα, ERK and JNK were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).
RESULTS: Nitrotyrosine immunostaining was present in placebo-treated NT, GH and PE placentae, with no significant difference observed between the groups. There was a non-significant trend towards decreased p38-MAPKα activity in PE vs NT control placentae. ERK and JNK were similar among the three outcome placebo groups and vitamin supplementation did not significantly alter their activity.

Nitrotyrosine immunopositivity in normotensive diabetic placentae indicates some degree of tyrosine nitration in uncomplicated diabetic pregnancy, possibly due to inherent oxidative stress and peroxynitrite production. Our results suggest that p38-MAPKα, ERK and JNK are not directly involved in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetic pre-eclampsia and are not modulated by vitamin-supplementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-327
JournalJournal of diabetes and its complications
Issue number4
Early online date01 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine


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