Author(s): Kawakubo K, Mori A, Sakamoto K, Nakahara T, Ishii K, Kawakubo K, Mori A, Sakamoto K, Nakahara T, Ishii K
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Abstract We examined the effects of GP-1447 (3-[(4,5,7-trifluorobenzothiazol-2-yl)methyl]-5-methylphenyl acetic acid) on existing cataracts and sorbitol content in the lens in rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. GP-1447 is an inhibitor of aldose reductase, which is the first enzyme in the polyol pathway. Cataracts in the central region of the lens were observed in 7 of 14 eyes (50\%) by the fifth week after induction of diabetes, and development of mature cataracts was observed in most lenses by the ninth week. In diabetic rats that received GP-1447 treatment beginning in the fifth week after induction of diabetes, progression of cataracts was observed for 1 week after initiation of treatment. Thereafter, the severity of cataracts did not change substantially. Sorbitol levels in the lens peaked during the first week of diabetes, and this increase was maintained during the 9-week observation period. Elevated sorbitol levels in the lenses of diabetic rats gradually declined after GP-1447 treatment was started on the fifth week after induction of diabetes. Cataracts and sorbitol elevation were not observed in the lenses of controls or diabetic rats treated with GP-1447 immediately after induction of diabetes. These results suggest that the polyol pathway plays an important role in both the appearance and progression of cataracts in diabetic rats. Inhibition of aldose reductase could significantly prevent progression of existing cataracts.
This article was published in Biol Pharm Bull
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology