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Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira

Print version ISSN 0102-8650On-line version ISSN 1678-2674

Acta Cir. Bras. vol.32 no.7 São Paulo July 2017 


1-Experimental Surgery

Pulmonary oxidative stress in diabetic rats exposed to hyperoxia1

Letícia Alves PaivaI 

Iandara Schettert SilvaII 

Albert Schiaveto de SouzaIII 

Pedro Carvalho CassinoIV 

IFellow Master degree, Postgraduate Program in Health and Development, West Central Region, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Scientific and intellectual content of the study, manuscript preparation and writing.

IIPhD, Associate Professor, Postgraduate Program in Health and Development, West Central Region, UFMS, Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Critical revision, final approval.

IIIPhD, Associate Professor, Postgraduate Program in Health and Development, West Central Region, UFMS, Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Analysis and interpretation of data, statistical analysis.

IVFellow PhD degree, Postgraduate Program in Health and Development, West Central Region, UFMS, Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Technical procedures.



To evaluate the pulmonary oxidative stress in diabetic rats exposed to hyperoxia for 90 minutes.


Forty male Wistar rats were divided into four groups, each one containing 10 animals, according to the oxygen concentration to which they were exposed: 21%, 50%, 75% and 100% (hyperoxia). In each group five animals were randomly induced to diabetes by means of at a dose of 55 mg/kg of streptozotocin (STZ).


Seventy two hours after diabetes induction, a significant difference was seen in blood glucose in the experimental groups in comparison with the control. In the experimental groups a significant difference was observed in the concentration of malondialdehyde (MDA) in lung tissue and blood plasma (p<0.05), except the 50% group. In the control group, significant differences in the MDA concentration in plasma and lung tissue were also observed (p<0.05), except the 75% group. The MDA concentration in lung tissue in comparison with the diabetic and non-diabetic groups showed a significant difference in the 21% group; however, no difference was seen in the 75 and 100% groups.


In diabetic animals high oxygen concentrations (75 and 100%) do not appear to exert deleterious effects on lipid peroxidation in lung tissue.

Key words: Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental; Streptozocin; Oxidative Stress; Lung; Oxygen; Rats


Diabetes Mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from disorders in insulin secretion, insulin action or both. Chronic hyperglycemia in diabetes is associated with long-term damage, dysfunction and failure of various organs, especially eyes, kidney, heart, nerves and blood vessels1. Diabetes Mellitus is considered a complex and chronic disorder difficult to diagnose that develops gradually.

In 2011, the estimated population of people suffering from diabetes was 366 million. In 2030, there will probably be a 50.7% increase in the number of people with diabetes worldwide, maybe because of population growth, population aging, or urbanization associated with lifestyle change. The expected global raise in the number of people with diabetes projected for the period 2011-2030 is a mean annual growth rate of 2.7%, which corresponds to 1.7 times the total annual growth rate of the world adult population.

In Brazil, in 2011, the number of people with diabetes aged 29-79 was 12.4 million; the estimate for 2030 is 19.6 million diabetics2.

The studies of Davis et al.3 and Walter et al.4 demonstrated that DM causes functional abnormalities in the pulmonary system, such as a reduction in elastic recoil, volumes and diffusion capacity. As reviewed by Brownlee5, hyperglycemia triggers oxidative stress by increasing the production of mitochondrial superoxide anion and by raising the nonenzymatic glycosylation of proteins, as well as by activating various cellular transcription factors, which may affect cellular function and cause the pulmonary abnormalities mentioned.

Oxidative stress is generally believed to be a causative factor in chronic complications and may be measured on the basis of the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and the activity of catalase6.

Hyperglycemia can even activate nuclear transcription factors, thus triggering an increase in the expression of inflammatory mediators. The combined effect of these mechanisms is to alter oxidant production, causing cellular oxidative stress and the resulting structural damage. Experimental studies showed that the pulmonary vascular resistance rises two weeks after the onset of DM and that hyperglycemia induces oxidative stress in lung tissue7.

Exposure to high concentrations of oxygen alters the respiratory tract in human beings and other animals, with deleterious effects on the pulmonary epithelium, pulmonary arterial tree, alveolar septa and also on the pleural space8.

Currently few studies demonstrate the use of oxygen, whether in small, medium or high concentrations, in diabetic patients elucidating the potential pulmonary structural alterations. Thus our study aims to evaluate pulmonary oxidative stress in a model of experimental diabetes submitted hyperoxia.


This study was approved by the Ethics Committee on the Use of Animals (CEUA/PPGSD -UFMS) protocol number 686/2015.

Forty adult, male Wistar rats (Rattus norvegicus), aged 8 weeks were used, obtained from the animal colony, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). The animals were maintained under controlled conditions of lighting (12 hr day-night cycle) and temperature (22 ± 2ºC; relative humidity 40 to 60%), with ad libitum access to food and water. These baseline conditions were kept during an initial adaptation period of 7 days. The animals were randomly divided into four groups of 10 animals. In each group, half of the animals were induced to diabetes (group experimental) and the other half was preserved as group control. Each group was exposed to a different oxygen concentration (21, 50, 75 and 100%) for a 90-minute exposure period.

Induction of diabetes

In 20 animals, following a 12-hour fast, streptozotocin, dissolved in a 20 mM sodium citrate solution (pH 4.5), was injected by the intraperitoneal route (55 mg/kg i.p.; Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO, USA) within 15 minutes of preparation. Glucose measurements were made in 40 animals at the following times: zero time (fasting value), 8 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours following induction of diabetes. At the 72-hour time point, the animals were sacrificed. Blood glucose was determined using a colorimetric enzymatic assay (Accu-Chek Performa; Roche Diagnostics, USA). The animals that, at 72 hours after the application of streptozotocin developing blood glucose > 250 mg/dl, were inserted into the experimental diabetes model9.

Experimental protocol for hyperoxia induction

After the insertion of the diabetes-induced group into the experimental diabetes model, each of the four groups was randomly exposed to a given oxygen concentration. The animals were randomly allocated to the experimental protocol in glass chambers designed for the study (33x40x30 cm) and airtight closure effected by a cover/box seal using a silicon adhesive in conjunction with oxygen supplementation. Humidified oxygen was administered continuously, thus preventing carbon dioxide accumulation and maintaining the desired oxygen concentration at a constant level in all groups for the chosen period of 90 minutes. Control of the oxygen concentration inside the chamber was achieved with the aid of a calibrated flow meter (capacity of 15 L/min) fed from a medical-grade oxygen cylinder. After exposure to oxygen the animals were euthanized by means of an i.p. injection of pentobarbital sodium. Lungs, pancreas and blood samples were collected (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Graphical representation of the glass box and oxygen cylinder used in the experiment. 

Sample analysis procedure

To evaluate the oxidative stress in lung tissue and plasma, analytical procedures based on the TBARS method were utilized.

The pancreas and lungs used for histopathologic analysis were immersed in a buffered solution slowly infused of 10% formalin.

Evaluation of oxidative stress

Malondealdehyde (MDA) - a marker of oxidative stress, is one of the substances that react with thiobarbituric acid (TBA). The quantification of MDA concentration is considered a parameter to evaluate the rate of cellular lipoperoxidation. Thus the breakdown of polyunsaturated acids triggers the formation of malondialdehyde (MDA), which reflects the degree of peroxidation. Its absorbance at 535 nm was determined with the aid of a spectrophotometer10. To calculate the MDA concentration, an equation fitted to the absorbance curve generated by known MDA concentrations was used11-12.

Histopathologic analysis

The pulmonary and pancreatic tissue sections were analyzed by a pathologist who had no knowledge of the origin of the slides, via light optical microscopy, using a Leica DM5500B microscope and a Leica DFC495 digital microscope camera (8 megapixel) with Leica Application Suite (LAS) software version 4, at a final magnification of x40 from the panoramic viewer to the objective, in random fields, in two serial sections and converted into scores. The tissues were embedded in paraffin, sectioned at 4 µm and stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H & E).

Statistical analysis

The comparisons between analysis times in relation to blood glucose or TBARS rate in tissue and plasma were performed by one-way repeated measures ANOVA, followed by Tukey’s post-test. The comparisons between groups were made by means of Student’s t-test. The Mann-Whitney test was used for the comparisons between diabetic and non-diabetic animals, in relation to pancreatic and pulmonary histopathologic alterations. The comparisons between the degree of oxidative stress in relation to pancreatic and pulmonary histopathologic changes were also performed by means of the Kruskal-Wallis test, followed by Dunn’s post-test. Statistical analysis was carried out using the SigmaPlot version 12.5 statistical software, with the significance level set at 0.05.


The results of blood glucose in the animals according to the analysis time and the group (experimental or control) are presented in Table 1.

Table 1 Results pertaining to blood glucose (mg/dl) in the animals, as a function of time and experimental group. 

Group Time Diabetes P value
Yes No
Fasting 71.80±9.50b 127.20±11.17ab <0.001
After 8 hours 73.80±8.41b 109.00±12.55b <0.001
After 24 hours 318.80±186.32a 120.80±7.69ab 0.045
After 48 hours 468.40±135.14a 129.80±11.01a <0.001
At euthanasia 472.00±131.42a 125.20±10.35ab <0.001*
P value (Time) <0.001* 0.036*
Fasting 116.00±8.77b 105.80±8.67a 0.102
After 8 hours 128.00±8.75b 129.00±14.61a 0.899
After 24 hours 182.40±90.33b 119.20±11.99a 0.160
After 48 hours 172.60±93.01b 115.60±8.14a 0.209
At euthanasia 521.40±103.77a 115.60±8.14a <0.001*
P value (Time) <0.001* 0.061
Fasting 105.40±9,45b 99.00±6.86c 0.255
After 8 hours 130.60±4,39b 116.20±6.06ab 0.003
After 24 hours 243.40±154.3102ab 117.20±3.56ab 0.105
After 48 hours 233.40±159.50ab 109.00±9.85b 0.120
At euthanasia 362.40±133.25a 129.00±9.49a 0.005*
P value (Time) 0.005* <0.001*
Fasting 104.00±19.39b 96.00±7.84b 0.417
After 8 hours 119.60±24.13b 123.60±6.91a 0.731
After 24 hours 228.60±154.99b 115.20±5.59a 0.141
After 48 hours 232.20±162.10b 116.40±10.74a 0.150
At euthanasia 477.60±50.06a 128.00±13.15a <0.001*
P value (Time) <0.001* <0.001*

Results are presented as mean ± standard deviation of the mean. Comparisons with respect to time: One-way repeated measures ANOVA, with Tukey’s post-test. The various letters in the columns represent significant differences in blood glucose in the animals at various time points. Comparisons between diabetic and non-diabetic animals: Student’s t-test. Statistical differences are indicated by *, p<0.05.

In the experimental groups, differences were seen in blood glucose in relation to time of analysis (one-way repeated measures ANOVA, 21% group: p=<0.001; 50% Group: p=<0.001; 75% Group: p=0.005 and 100% Group: p=<0.001). The five animals in the 21% experimental group already had diabetes 24 hours after induction, unlike the other three experimental groups, in which the majority of animals only showed hyperglycemia (blood glucose > 250 mg/dl) 72 hours after induction of diabetes (Tukey’s post-test, p < 0.05). In relation to the group of animals (diabetic or non-diabetic), significant differences were observed in blood glucose at the 72-hour time point following induction of diabetes in the eight subgroups, (Student t-test, p<0.05). Also, a difference in blood glucose could be observed between the two groups, demonstrating that the animals in the experimental groups could be inserted into the experimental diabetes model. The animals in the control groups also showed a significant difference in the blood glucose level in relation to time of analysis (one-way repeated measures ANOVA, 21% Group: p=0.036; 75% Group: p=<0.001 and 100% Group: p=<0.001), with the exception of the 50% Group (p=0.061) that, although not statistically significant, approached the value p (p=<0.05). However, even though the animals in the control groups showed statistical significance, these variations in blood glucose at the times analyzed did not qualify for insertion into the experimental model of diabetes, since in this study animals that developed blood glucose >250 mg/dl were considered hyperglycemic, which did not occur in any animal inserted into the control group.

Results relating to MDA concentrations in the animals’ plasma and tissue, according to the experimental group and level of oxidative stress are presented in Table 2.

Table 2 Results in relation to the animals’ plasma and tissue MDA concentrations (ng/ml), as a function of the experimental group and level of oxidative stress. 

Oxidative stress Location Diabetes P value
Yes No
Tissue 2674.20±173.87 1773.00±312.91 <0.001
Plasma 1256.00±113.29 1133.80±73.71 0.078
P value (Time) <0.001* 0.007*
Tissue 1578.40±135.47 1813.40±171.96 0.043
Plasma 1307.40±362.05 1187.40±155.35 0.515
P value (Time) 0.131 0.008*
Tissue 1899.20±78.81 1775.80±157.01 0.115
Plasma 1401.20±134.87 1415.60±280.99 0.920
P value (Time) 0.001* 0.059
Tissue 1892.20±164.32 1751.80±84.40 0.128
Plasma 1108.60±305.03 1231.20±233.04 0.495
P value (Time) 0.005* 0.003*

Results are presented as mean ± standard deviation of the mean. Comparisons between locations: paired Student’s t-test. Comparisons between diabetic and non-diabetic animals: Student’s t-test. Statistical differences are indicated by *, p<0.05.

In the experimental groups a significant difference was seen in MDA concentration in lung tissue and plasma (paired Student’s t-test, 21% Group: p=<0.001; 75% Group: p=0.001 and 100% Group: p=<0.005), with the exception of the diabetic group exposed to 50% oxygen, in which no significant difference was observed (p=0.131 for MDA concentration). In the animals of the control groups, significant differences were observed in the malondialdehyde concentration in the animals’ lung tissue and plasma (paired Student’s t-test, 21% Group: p=0.07; 50% Group: p=0.008 and 100% Group: p=0.003), with the exception of the control group exposed to an oxygen concentration of 75%, which, although not statistically significant (p=0.059), approached statistical significance (p<0.05). The MDA concentration in lung tissue, in the groups of diabetic and non-diabetic animals, showed a significant difference in the 21 and 50% groups (p<0.001 and p=0.043 respectively), but in the 75 and 100% groups, no difference was observed in diabetic and non-diabetic animals (p>0.05). The MDA concentration in the animals’ blood plasma in the diabetic and non-diabetic groups presented no difference in any of the four groups (p>0.05).

Pulmonary alterations are illustrated in Figures 2, 3 and 4, according to the group and the oxygen concentrations that the animals were exposed.

Figure 2 Histological photomicrographs of lung sections from the control groups. (A) 21% control group showing minimal inflammatory infiltrate, absence of collapsed alveoli and absence of vessel wall thickening (B) 50% control group showing moderate inflammatory infiltrate, areas of focal edema and absence of vessel wall thickening (C) 75% control group showing presence of edema and inflammation (D) 100% control group showing presence of atelectasis, macrophages and inflammation in the 100% hyperoxic control group (H&E stain, x10). 

Figure 3 Histological photomicrograph of pancreatic sections. (A) healthy, non-diabetic rat, showing normal pancreatic islet, which demonstrates no deformation or size reduction (B) diabetic rat, showing size reduction and deformation of pancreatic islet, due to destruction of the beta cells (H&E stain, x40). 

Figure 4 Histological photomicrographs of lung sections from experimental groups. (A) 21% experimental group showing edema, congestion and inflammation (B) 50% experimental group showing atelectasis and inflammation (C) 75% experimental group showing presence of macrophages and inflammation (D) 100% experimental group showing presence of edema, hemorrhage, atelectasis, and inflammation as well as tissue fibrosis (H&E stain, x40). 


In addition to hyperglycemia, polyphagia, polyuria and polydipsia were observed in the animals that received streptozotocin (data not shown), which demonstrates that the experimental diabetes model was effective. Induction of diabetes by streptozotocin destroys the beta cells within three days13, corroborating the data in this study. The diabetic animals showed higher serum glucose levels in comparison with non-diabetic animals. Other authors also confirmed hyperglycemia in animals in experimental diabetic groups when compared with animals that were not treated with streptozotocin14.

Oxidative stress is a consequence of the excessive presence of oxidants in relation to antioxidants15. Whereas oxidants at physiological levels play a beneficial role in energy production, in cellular signaling, and in host defense, oxidants in excess can lead to pathological changes16 and result in cell or tissue damage, disorders or disease. Oxidative stress involves molecules that are especially efficient oxidizing agents, known collectively as free radicals, including reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). Various enzyme complexes generate ROS and RNS such as NADPH oxidase, myeloperoxidase, nitric oxide synthase, and superoxide dismutase15. Compounds that can be modified by the action of free radicals, such as lipids, proteins and sulfhydryl groups, are also used as indirect measures of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress may be evaluated by means of the enzyme activities involved in cellular redox balance, including superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase, which convert superoxide radicals into peroxides or peroxides into water and hydrogen17. Much of what is reduced by superoxide dismutase (SOD) is converted into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide also can be reduced to water and oxygen through the reactions of the enzyme catalase and the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which is a molecule with the capacity to dismutate ROS, becoming oxidized in the process. Glutathione (GSH) reacts with another GSH molecule, resulting in its oxidized form GSSG15.

Animal models with diabetes, which present a redox status similar to humans´, are useful in the analysis of the mechanisms potentially involved in the relationship between diabetes and oxidative stress17. In our study, a model of diabetes was obtained in rats through the application of 55 mg/kg of streptozotocin. Streptozotocin preferentially accumulates in pancreatic beta cells via the Glut 2 glucose transporter and DNA fragments, and therefore selectively destroys the pancreatic beta cells. A single high dose of STZ induces acute and massive injury of beta cells, leading to insulin deficiency with no autoimmune attack as in type 1 diabetes, or to insulin resistance, obesity and inflammation as in type 2 diabetes18.

Lipid peroxidation in tissues such as liver and kidney takes place in animals with diabetes induced by streptozotocin17. The diabetic rats showed a significant increase (p<0.01) in the level of lipid peroxidation (oxidative stress) in the pancreas compared to healthy rats19. Consistent with this, a significant reduction in the level of SOD activity and increase in MDA content were observed in pancreas glands of the diabetic group (p<0.01) compared with the control group14. In a study on rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes, it was demonstrated that diabetes alters lung gene expression in Wistar rats, including the cell death/apoptosis gene20. Rats with diabetes induced by a single dose of 50 mg/kg streptozotocin exhibited a significant increase in hepatic lipid peroxidation, as observed on the basis of the elevated MDA level. In addition, the ORAC index (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), the reduced glutathione (GSH) level, the reduced oxidized glutathione ratio (GSH: GSSG) and catalase (CAT) activity were decreased in the diabetic rat liver. The TUNEL assay showed an increase in apoptotic cell death in the livers of these animals21. In using TBARS as a measure of lipid peroxidation in lung tissue, a significant increase was seen in the diabetic animals in comparison with the experimental group and control group (healthy animals). An increase in lipid peroxidation in hepatic tissue and blood in the diabetic group was also observed, but in this study an increase in the antioxidant enzyme SOD was demonstrated in the lung tissue of diabetic animals compared with control animals6. In our study, a significant difference in MDA concentration could be seen in the analyzed materials of most experimental groups.

Valença et al. 22 measured the damage induced by oxidative stress in the lungs of Wistar rats by the quantification of TBARS. The authors observed that the increase in oxygen concentration was dependent on the 90 ‘dose (p <0.001). In a study on the effects of hyperoxia on the lungs of immature rats (21 days old), it was identified that the longer the period of exposure to hyperoxia, the higher the MDA content and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity in the animals’ lung tissue in comparison with the control group of animals exposed to ambient air23. In a study on adult male rats, an increase was seen in the level of pulmonary malondialdehyde and myeloperoxidase in rats exposed to a concentration of 95% oxygen for 48 hours while glutathione (GSH) levels decreased in comparison with animals exposed to ambient air for the same period of time24. In our study, a significant difference was also identified in the MDA concentration in the lung and plasma of the hyperoxic (100%) animals. The increase in the level of MDA was identified in both the diabetes-induced hyperoxia group and in the control hyperoxia group. Reis et al.25 observed that hyperoxia (100% oxygen for 24 h) induced a decrease in the number of alveolar macrophages in the alveolar lumen, modified pulmonary histoarchitecture and raised the amount of red blood cells in the air spaces of the experimental group hyperoxia in relation to the control group. In the pulmonary histopathologic analysis of the hyperoxic control group, it was also possible to identify the presence of extensive abnormalities in lung architecture and inflammation in comparison with the other groups of control animals (p=0.014 and p=0.012, respectively; data not shown) (Figure 3).

Clayton et al.26 reported that the pulmonary inflammatory process can be induced by the key mechanism of tissue damage through oxygen toxicity in the lung.

Chronic hyperglycemia (glucotoxicity) plays a central role in β cell failure, inducing deleterious effects on the density and function of β cells, and creates a vicious cycle that contributes to the progressive loss of functional β cells density. Although the sequence of events has not been fully mapped and the exact mechanisms involved in the loss of β cells are unknown, various mechanisms ─ including generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), the activation of endoplasmic reticular (ER) stress, the chronic upregulation of the hexosamine/S-GlcNAc signaling pathway and the induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the islets are considered to negatively affect the β cells. The β cells are highly susceptible to oxidative stress because of an excess of ROS in the islet microenvironment in response to elevated concentrations of glucose and intrinsically low expression of antioxidant enzyme defense mechanisms27. It was possible to observe, in the course of the histopathological analysis of our study, a reduction in the size/area of the pancreatic islets in diabetic animals when compared with animals in the control group. (p<0.05, statistics not shown) (Figure 2).

In a study on rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes, it was demonstrated that lung oxidative stress was significantly higher than in the control animals. In these diabetic animals, lung ultrastructural abnormalities were observed, shown by the increase in thickness of the basal lamina and alveolar-capillary membrane, along with pulmonary fibrosis. In the blood gas analysis, abnormalities in gas exchange were described in diabetic animals, manifested as a reduction in PaO2 and an increase in PaCO2, thus indicating a reduction in diffusion capacity28. In our study, it could not be shown all data concerning the histopathological analysis of lung tissue, but, despite the brief exposure period, some pulmonary abnormalities were identified, as the presence of inflammatory process in the hyperoxic and other experimental groups (Figure 4). The analysis of lung tissue in animals with streptozotocin-induced diabetes also showed increased thickness of the lung basal lamina. In addition, animal models showed that diabetic individuals have a deficit in protein expression, including surfactant protein A and hydrophobic surfactant proteins B and C7.

In a study analyzing the effect of ventilation at different inspired fractions of oxygen and of allopurinol on lung ischemia-reperfusion in rats, apparently contradictory data were obtained. In the group ventilated with 100% oxygen that used an antioxidant, better results were obtained, suggesting that the deleterious effect of high oxygen concentrations associated with ventilation during lung ischemia- reperfusion is basically due to oxidative stress, which seems that, when blocked, the oxygen in this concentration has some beneficial effects29.

In our study it was identified that at high concentrations of oxygen (75 and 100%), no significant difference was seen in stress induced in lung tissue between diabetic and non-diabetic animals; the averages proved to be very close in the two groups, which differs from the results of the other studies presented. However, despite the new results shown, few studies in the literature have studied pulmonary oxidative stress in hyperoxia correlating with diabetes, suggesting that oxygen at these concentrations may not produce a totally deleterious effect, since as mentioned, hyperglycemia can produce oxidative stress in the lung tissue.

The animals exposed to 21% oxygen presented significant differences (p <0.001) and mean difference in relation to the group of animals (diabetic and non-diabetic). The 21% diabetic group had a high level of MDA in lung tissue compared with MDA concentrations in the other diabetic groups.

Studies in the literature claim that hyperglycemia causes changes in the production of oxidants and may trigger oxidative stress in cells. It remains to be understood whether high concentrations of oxygen, even with the deleterious effects mentioned in this and other studies, is established with some beneficial effect in the presence of hyperglycemia. These new results show us the relevance of larger studies that emphasize the approach used in this research.


Hyperoxia elicited an increase in the concentration of malondialdehyde in lung tissue and blood plasma and exerted deleterious effects on lung structure within the chosen time period of 90 min. In pulmonary histopathology, tissue lesions occurred according to the higher concentration of oxygen in both groups (diabetic and non-diabetic). However, in diabetic animals the high concentrations of oxygen do not seem to reach these effects with respect to lipid peroxidation of the lung tissue.


To Dr. Elaine Silva de Pádua Melo, technician, Laboratório de Carcinogênese e Modelo Animal de Doença; Anderson Fernandes da Silva, Fellow PhD degree, Program in Health and Development; Mariana Vantini Soares (CNPq Scholarship), medical student and research trainee, for all their support and assistance, and to Dr. Priscila Pizzo for her assistance in the histopathological analyses.


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1Research performed at Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Experimental Animal Model, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Part of Master degree thesis, Postgraduate Program in Health and Development, West Central Region, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande-MS, Brazil. Tutor: Iandara Schettert Silva.

Received: March 16, 2017; Revised: May 15, 2017; Accepted: June 19, 2017

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