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Vitamin D Protects against Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Human Retinal Cells

08-sep-2020 | Revista: Antioxidants

Patricia Fernandez-Robredo  1   2   3 , Jorge González-Zamora  1 , Sergio Recalde  1   2   3 , Valentina Bilbao-Malavé  1 , Jaione Bezunartea  1 , Maria Hernandez  1   2   3 , Alfredo Garcia-Layana  1   2   3

(1) Retinal Pathologies and New Therapies Group, Experimental Ophthalmology Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, 31008 Pamplona, Spain.
(2) Navarra Institute for Health Research, IdiSNA, 31008 Pamplona, Spain.
(3) Red Temática de Investigación Cooperativa Sanitaria en Enfermedades Oculares (Oftared), 31008 Pamplona, Spain.


Diabetic retinopathy is a vision-threatening microvascular complication of diabetes and is one of the leading causes of blindness. Oxidative stress and inflammation play a major role in its pathogenesis, and new therapies counteracting these contributors could be of great interest.

In the current study, we investigated the role of vitamin D against oxidative stress and inflammation in human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and human retinal endothelial cell lines.

We demonstrate that vitamin D effectively counteracts the oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In addition, the increased levels of proinflammatory proteins such as Interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, Interferon (IFN)-γ, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α triggered by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposure were significantly decreased by vitamin D addition. Interestingly, the increased IL-18 only decreased by vitamin D addition in endothelial cells but not in RPE cells, suggesting a main antiangiogenic role under inflammatory conditions.

Moreover, H2O2 and LPS induced the alteration and morphological damage of tight junctions in adult retinal pigment epithelium (ARPE-19) cells that were restored under oxidative and inflammatory conditions by the addition of vitamin D to the media.

In conclusion, our data suggest that vitamin D could protect the retina by enhancing antioxidant defense and through exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Sep 8;9(9):E838.
doi: 10.3390/antiox9090838