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Potential Protective Mechanism in the Cardiac Microvascular InjuryNovelty and Significance [Heart]

Cardiac microvascular injury often occurs in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who develop hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia. However, besides reported contradictory roles in cardiac diseases, the function of TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) in cardiac microvessels is not well defined. This study was performed to determine the detailed role of TRPV1 in cardiac microvascular endothelial cells (CMECs) in T2DM. T2DM mice were established by multiple injections of low-dose streptozotocin and high-fat feeding. CMECs were cultured separately in mediums of normal glucose, high glucose (HG), high fatty acid (HF), and HG plus HF (HG-HF). HG-HF inhibited TRPV1 expression in CMECs, reducing cellular Ca2+ content ([Ca2+]i). T2DM impaired cardiac function, disturbed glucose uptake, and damaged microvascular barrier, which were further aggravated by TRPV1−/−. Exposure to HG-HF, particularly in TRPV1−/− CMECs, led to a higher level of apoptosis and a lower level of nitric oxide production in viable CMECs. HG-HF markedly enhanced generation of reactive oxygen species and nitrotyrosine, especially in the absence of TRPV1. H2O2 administration reduced TRPV1 expression in CMECs. HG-HF significantly depressed expression of PGC-1α (peroxisome proliferator–activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α) and OPA1 (optic atrophy 1) by reducing [Ca2+]i, whereas OPA1 supplementation partly reversed those detrimental effects induced by TRPV1−/−. Furthermore, capsaicin treatment not only attenuated CMECs injury induced by HG-HF but also mitigated cardiac microvascular injury induced by T2DM. Collectively, T2DM leads to cardiac microvascular injury by exacerbating the vicious circle of TRPV1 blockage and reactive oxygen species overload. Long-term capsaicin can protect cardiac microvessels against T2DM via suppressing oxidative/nitrative stress mediated by TRPV1/Ca2+/PGC-1α/OPA1 pathway in CMECs.

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