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Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidative Synergistic Effect of Vitamin D and Nutritional Complex on Retinal Pigment Epithelial and Endothelial Cell Lines against Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Apr 23, 2021 | Magazine: Nutrients

Maria Hernandez  1   2   3 , Sergio Recalde  1   2   3 , Jorge González-Zamora  1 , Valentina Bilbao-Malavé  1 , Manuel Sáenz de Viteri  1   2   3 , Jaione Bezunartea  1   2 , Maite Moreno-Orduña  1   2 , Idoia Belza  1 , Jesús Barrio-Barrio  1   3 , Patricia Fernandez-Robredo  1   2   3 , Alfredo García-Layana  1   2   3


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a multifactorial disease of the retina featured by dysfunction of retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) and loss of photoreceptor cells under oxidative stress and inflammatory conditions. Vitamin D and antioxidants have beneficial effects against retinal degenerative diseases, such as AMD.

We investigated the impact of associating vitamin D (ND) with a nutritional antioxidant complex (Nutrof Total®; N) on oxidative stress and inflammation-like induced conditions by H2O2 and LPS, respectively, in human retinal epithelial (ARPE-19) and human retinal endothelial (HREC) cells.

Application of either N or ND treatments to H2O2-induced media in ARPE-19 cells counteracted late apoptosis, attenuated oxidative DNA damage, and increased cell proliferation. Significant reduction in the expression levels of MCP1, IL-8, and IL6 cytokines was observed following application of either N or ND treatments under LPS-induced conditions in ARPE-19 cells and in MCP-1 and IL12p70 cytokine levels in HREC cells. ND and not N revealed significant downregulation of IFNγ in ARPE-19 cells, and of IL-6 and IL-18 in HREC cells.

In conclusion, adding vitamin D to Nutrof Total® protects in a synergistic way against oxidative and inflammatory stress-induced conditions in retinal epithelial and endothelial cells.

CITATION  Nutrients. 2021 Apr 23;13(5):1423.  doi: 10.3390/nu13051423