Correlation of electroretinography b-wave absolute latency, plasma levels of human basic fibroblast growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, soluble fatty acid synthase, and adrenomedullin in diabetic retinopathy

J Diabetes Complications. May-Jun 2010;24(3):179-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2008.12.007. Epub 2009 Feb 12.


Background: We investigated the b-wave latency of electroretinogram (ERG), human basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), soluble fatty acid synthase (s-Fas), and adrenomedullin (ADM) in diabetic retinopathy.

Patients and methods: Thirty control and 60 type II diabetic women (mean age 45+/-3.9 years, duration of diabetes 10.1+/-2.1 years) were investigated. Diabetics without complications (Group II) and with retinopathy (Group III) were diagnosed depending on clinical findings, abnormal fundus examination, and ERG. Plasma levels of b-FGF, VEGF, s-Fas, and ADM were measured.

Results: ERG showed a significant increase of b-wave absolute latency, plasma b-FGF, VEGF, s-Fas, and ADM in diabetic retinopathy (P<.05). A positive correlation was found between b-wave latency and VEGF and s-Fas, and a negative correlation with b-FGF and ADM.

Conclusion: This study elucidates the causative role of VEGF and s-Fas in diabetic retinopathy. VEGF may potently promote growth of endothelial cells and formation of new vessels implicated in proliferative retinopathy. s-Fas could be involved in advancement of apoptotic changes in retinopathy and high levels of b-FGF, and ADM may be compensatorily neuroprotective and vasculoprotective. The results showed that diabetic retinopathy is the result of multiple factors, so it is optimistic to believe that reversing VEGF or s-Fas will halt retinopathy, targeting multiple mechanisms simultaneously by administering combination treatments of VEGF antagonists; antiapoptotic drugs together with b-FGF and/or ADM may be prospective.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adrenomedullin / blood*
  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / blood
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / physiopathology*
  • Electroretinography
  • Fatty Acid Synthases / blood*
  • Female
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / blood*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors / blood*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2
  • Adrenomedullin
  • Fatty Acid Synthases