Korean Circ J.  2021 Mar;51(3):251-262. 10.4070/kcj.2020.0303.

Sodium/glucose Co-Transporter 2 Inhibitor, Empagliflozin, Alleviated Transient Expression of SGLT2 after Myocardial Infarction

  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea
  • 2Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea
  • 3Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea
  • 4Department of Convergence Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea
  • 5Department of Chemistry, Center for Proteome Biophysics and Chemistry Institute for Functional Materials, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea
  • 6PNU GRAND Convergence Medical Science Education Research Center, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea


Background and Objectives
Large clinical studies of sodium/glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors have shown a significant beneficial effect on heart failure-associated hospitalization and cardiovascular events. As SGLT2 is known to be absent in heart cells, improved cardiovascular outcomes are thought to be accounted for by the indirect effects of the drug. We sought to confirm whether such benefits were mediated through SGLT2 expressed in the heart using myocardial infarction (MI) model.
Mice pre-treated with empagliflozin (EMPA), an SGLT2 inhibitor, showed a significantly reduced infarct size compared with the vehicle group three days post-MI. Interestingly, we confirmed SGLT2 localized in the infarct zone. The sequential changes of SGLT2 expression after MI were also evaluated.
One day after MI, SGLT2 transiently appeared in the ischemic areas in the vehicle group and increased until 72 hours. The appearance of SGLT2 was delayed and less in amount compared with the vehicle group. Additionally, there was a significant difference in metabolites, including glucose and amino acids in the 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance analysis between groups.
Our work demonstrates that SGLT2 is transiently expressed in heart tissue early after MI and EMPA may directly operate on SGLT2 to facilitate metabolic substrates shifts.


Myocardial infarction; Sodium-glucose transporter 2; Sodium-glucose transporter 2 inhibitors; Metabolism
Full Text Links
  • KCJ
export Copy
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
    DB Error: unknown error