Both vascular endothelial growth factor and soluble Flt-1 are increased in type 2 diabetes but not in impaired fasting glucose.

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Journal Article


Journal of investigative medicine : the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research, Volume 58, Issue 6, p.804-6 (2010)


Blood Glucosedigestive disease, digestive deseases Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2digestive disease, digestive deseases Fastingdigestive disease, digestive deseases Femaledigestive disease, digestive deseases Humansdigestive disease, digestive deseases Maledigestive disease, digestive deseases Middle Ageddigestive disease, digestive deseases Solubilitydigestive disease, digestive deseases Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Adigestive disease, digestive deseases Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-1


OBJECTIVE: Inadequate vascular remodeling is contributory to increased cardiovascular events in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its regulatory molecule soluble Flt-1(sFlt-1) play important roles in atherogenesis.

RESEARCH DESIGN: We measured fasting plasma concentrations of VEGF and sFlt-1 in 11 nondiabetic (ND) (aged 46.1 +/- 2.1 years; body mass index [BMI], 26.1 +/- 0.9 kg/m; glucose, 5.0 +/- 0.1 mM), 15 IFG (aged 52.9 +/- 1.8 years; BMI, 32.7 +/- 1.3 kg/m; glucose, 6.4 +/- 0.1 mM), and 8 DM (aged 55.8 +/- 3.2 years; BMI, 30.0 +/- 1.0 kg/m; glucose, 9.3 +/- 0.5 mM) subjects.

RESULTS: Plasma VEGF (42.1 +/- 4.0 vs 24.2 +/- 0.9 vs 29.4 +/- 3.8 pg/mL, respectively) and sFlt-1 (119.4 +/- 4.9 vs 58.9 +/- 3.2 vs 56.7 +/- 1.2 pg/mL, respectively) concentrations were higher (P < 0.04) in DM than IFG and ND subjects. Whereas VEGF concentrations were significantly lower (P < 0.05) in IFG than in ND subjects, sFlt-1 concentrations did not differ between the IFG and ND subjects.

CONCLUSIONS: Although plasma VEGF concentrations were higher (35%) in DM than in ND subjects, VEGF action on vascular remodeling was likely attenuated by higher sFlt-1 concentrations in DM. In contrast, IFG subjects did not have major perturbations in either VEGF or sFlt-1 levels. Further studies defining the roles of these mediators in DM and IFG are necessary to extend these observations.