Biomolecules & Therapeutics  
7,8-Dihydroxyflavone Protects High Glucose-Damaged Neuronal Cells against Oxidative Stress
Suk Ju Cho1,†, Kyoung Ah Kang1,†, Mei Jing Piao1, Yea Seong Ryu1,
Pincha Devage Sameera Madushan Fernando1, Ao Xuan Zhen1, Yu Jae Hyun1, Mee Jung Ahn2,
Hee Kyoung Kang1 and Jin Won Hyun1,*
1Jeju National University School of Medicine and Jeju Research Center for Natural Medicine, Jeju 63243,
2Laboratory of Veterinary Anatomy, College of Veterinary Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju 63243, Republic of Korea
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Received: October 16, 2018; Revised: November 4, 2018; Accepted: November 6, 2018; Published online: November 27, 2018.
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Oxidative stress is considered a major contributor in the pathogenesis of diabetic neuropathy and in diabetes complications, such as nephropathy and cardiovascular diseases. Diabetic neuropathy, which is the most frequent complications of diabetes, affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves. This study aimed to investigate whether 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) protects SH-SY5Y neuronal cells against high glucose-induced toxicity. In the current study, we found that diabetic patients exhibited higher lipid peroxidation caused by oxidative stress than healthy subjects. 7,8-DHF exhibits superoxide anion and hydroxyl radical scavenging activities. High glucose-induced toxicity severely damaged SH-SY5Y neuronal cells, causing mitochondrial depolarization;however, 7,8-DHF recovered mitochondrial polarization. Furthermore, 7,8-DHF effectively modulated the expression of pro-apoptotic protein (Bax) and anti-apoptotic protein (Bcl-2) under high glucose, thus inhibiting the activation of caspase signaling pathways. These results indicate that 7,8-DHF has antioxidant effects and protects cells from apoptotic cell death induced by high glucose. Thus, 7,8-DHF may be developed into a promising candidate for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.
Keywords: Diabetic neuropathy, High glucose, Oxidative stress

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