The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Glucagon-Like Peptide Receptor Agonist Lixisenatide on the Retinal Nuclear and Nerve Fiber Layers in an Animal Model of Early Type 2 Diabetes.Am J Pathol. 2020 05; 190(5):1080-1094.AJ
This study explored the anti-inflammatory effects of a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1RA), known as lixisenatide, on the eyes of early type 2 diabetic mice. Diabetic (db/db) mice were divided into three groups: GLP-1RA [lixisenatide (LIX)], insulin (INS) with controlled hyperglycemia based on the glucose concentration of lixisenatide, and diabetic control (D-CON). Nondiabetic control mice (db/dm) were also characterized for comparison. After 8 weeks of treatment, mRNA levels of inflammatory markers, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling, immunohistochemical staining; Western blot of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and thioredoxin-interacting protein; and retinal thickness were assessed in the central and peripheral neurosensory retina. LIX showed decreased immunohistochemical staining for both thioredoxin-interacting protein and GFAP in the central and peripheral neurosensory retina compared with D-CON and INS, and decreased expression of these proteins in the neurosensory retina and immunohistochemical staining in the optic nerve head for GFAP compared with D-CON. The inner nuclear layer in the peripheral retina in LIX was only thinner than those of D-CON and INS. In an early type 2 diabetic mouse model, lixisenatide treatment showed superior anti-inflammatory effects on the retina and optic nerve head independent of hyperglycemia. Thus, the neuroprotective effects of lixisenatide treatment in the peripheral inner nuclear layer should be evaluated in early type 2 diabetic retinopathy.