Diabetes mellitus increases reactive oxygen species production in the thyroid of male rats

Maria C.S. Santos, Ruy A.N. Louzada, Elaine C.L. Souza, Rodrigo S. Fortunato, Andressa L. Vasconcelos, Kléber L.A. Souza, João P.S.W. Castro, Denise P. Carvalho, Andrea C.F. Ferreira

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) disrupts the pituitary-thyroid axis and leads to a higher prevalence of thyroid disease. However, the role of reactive oxygen species in DM thyroid disease pathogenesis is unknown. Dual oxidases (DUOX) is responsible for H2O2 production, which is a cosubstrate for thyroperoxidase, but the accumulation of H2O2 also causes cellular deleterious effects. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase 4 (NOX4) is another member of the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase family expressed in the thyroid. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the thyroid DUOX activity and expression in DM rats in addition to NOX4 expression. In the thyroids of the DM rats, we found increased H 2O2 generation due to higher DUOX protein content and DUOX1, DUOX2, andNOX4mRNAexpressions. In rat thyroid PCCL3 cells, both TSH and insulin decreased DUOX activity and DUOX1 mRNA levels, an effect partially reversed by protein kinase A inhibition. Most antioxidant enzymes remained unchanged or decreased in the thyroid of DM rats, whereas only glutathione peroxidase 3 was increased. DUOX1 and NOX4 expression and H2O 2 production were significantly higher in cells cultivated with high glucose, which was reversed by protein kinase C inhibition. We conclude that thyroid reactive oxygen species is elevated in experimental rat DM, which is a consequence of low-serum TSH and insulin but is also related to hyperglycemia per se.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1361-1372
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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