Effect of aspirin on mitochondrial dysfunction and stress in the pancreas and heart of goto-kakizaki diabetic rats

Annie John, Layla Amiri, Jasmin Shafarin, Frank Christopher Howarth, Haider Raza

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Our previous study in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) type 2 diabetic rats provided significant evidence that aspirin treatment improves pancreatic β-cell function by reducing inflammatory responses and improving glucose tolerance. In the present study, we aimed to elucidate the mechanism of action of aspirin on the pathophysiology and progression of type 2 diabetic complications in the heart and pancreas of insulin-resistant GK rats. Aspirin treatment demonstrated a reduction in mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and lipid peroxidation, accompanied by improved redox homeostasis. Furthermore, the recovery of metabolic and mitochondrial functions, as well as cytochrome P450 enzyme activities, which were altered in the pancreas and heart of GK rats, were observed. Aspirin treatment brought the activity of CYP 2E1 to the control level in both tissues, whereas the CYP 3A4 level decreased only in the pancreas. This suggests the tissue-specific differential metabolism of substrates in these rats. The recovery of redox homeostasis could be the key target in the improvement of oxidative-stress-dependent alterations in mitochondrial functions which, in turn, facilitated improved energy metabolism in these tissues in the aspirin-treated GK rats. These results may have implications in determining the therapeutic use of aspirin, either alone or in combination with other clinically approved therapies, in insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number902
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Aspirin
  • CYP 450s
  • GK rat pancreas and heart
  • Mitochondrial functions
  • Redox homeostasis
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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