Objective: Increased renal and hepatic gluconeogenesis are important sources of fasting hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes (T2D). The inhibitory effect of co-administration of sodium nitrite and sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH) on hepatic but not renal gluconeogenesis has been reported in rats with T2D. The present study aimed to determine the effects of co-administration of sodium nitrite and NaSH on the expression of genes involved in renal gluconeogenesis in rats with T2D. Methods: T2D was induced by a combination of a high-fat diet and low-dose streptozotocin (30 mg/kg). Male Wistar rats were divided into 5 groups (n = 6/group): Control, T2D, T2D + nitrite, T2D + NaSH, and T2D + nitrite+NaSH. Nitrite and NaSH were administered for nine weeks at a dose of 50 mg/L (in drinking water) and 0.28 mg/kg (daily intraperitoneal injection), respectively. Serum levels of urea and creatinine, and mRNA expressions of PEPCK, G6Pase, FBPase, PC, PI3K, AKT, PGC-1α, and FoxO1 in the renal tissue, were measured at the end of the study. Results: Nitrite decreased mRNA expression of PEPCK by 39%, G6Pase by 43%, FBPase by 41%, PC by 63%, PGC-1α by 45%, and FoxO1 by 27% in the renal tissue of rats with T2D; co-administration of nitrite and NaSH further decreases FoxO1, while had no additive effects on the tissue expression of the other genes. In addition, nitrite+NaSH decreased elevated serum urea levels by 58% and creatinine by 37% in rats with T2D. Conclusion: The inhibitory effect of nitrite on gluconeogenesis in T2D rats is at least in part due to decreased mRNA expressions of renal gluconeogenic genes. Unlike effects on hepatic gluconeogenesis, co-administration of nitrite and NaSH has no additive effects on genes involved in renal gluconeogenesis in rats with T2D.
- Endokrinologi och diabetes