Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 391, Issue 1, pp 251–256

l-Cysteine supplementation reduces high-glucose and ketone-induced adhesion of monocytes to endothelial cells by inhibiting ROS


DOI: 10.1007/s11010-014-2009-3

Cite this article as:
Kanikarla-Marie, P. & Jain, S.K. Mol Cell Biochem (2014) 391: 251. doi:10.1007/s11010-014-2009-3


Type 1 diabetic (T1D) patients are hyperglycemic and also show elevated blood levels of ketone bodies, particularly acetoacetate (AA) and β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB). T1D patients have a greater risk of developing endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Supplementation with cysteine-rich milk proteins has been shown to be beneficial in improving various biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction and CVD. This study examines whether l-cysteine (LC) per se prevents monocyte adhesion to endothelial cells, a critical step in endothelial dysfunction. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells and THP-1 monocytes were pretreated with and without LC (500 μM) for 2 h and then exposed to ketones (AA or BHB, 0–4 mM) and/or high glucose (HG) (25 mM) for 24 h. This study shows that LC reduces HG and ketone-induced ROS production, ICAM-1 expression, and the adhesion of monocytes to endothelial cells. This study provides a biochemical mechanism by which milk protein supplementation can be beneficial in preventing the excess endothelial dysfunction and CVD seen in diabetic patients.


l-Cysteine High glucose Acetoacetate ROS Adhesion CVD 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterShreveportUSA
  2. 2.Department Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterShreveportUSA

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