O-GlcNAc stimulation: A new metabolic approach to treat septic shock

Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 10;9(1):18751. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55381-7.


Septic shock is a systemic inflammation associated with cell metabolism disorders and cardiovascular dysfunction. Increases in O-GlcNAcylation have shown beneficial cardiovascular effects in acute pathologies. We used two different rat models to evaluate the beneficial effects of O-GlcNAc stimulation at the early phase of septic shock. Rats received lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce endotoxemic shock or saline (control) and fluid resuscitation (R) with or without O-GlcNAc stimulation (NButGT-10 mg/kg) 1 hour after shock induction. For the second model, rats received cecal ligature and puncture (CLP) surgery and fluid therapy with or without NButGT. Cardiovascular function was evaluated and heart and blood samples were collected and analysed. NButGT treatment efficiently increased total O-GlcNAc without modification of HBP enzyme expression.Treatment improved circulating parameters and cardiovascular function in both models, and restored SERCA2a expression levels. NButGT treatment also reduced animal mortality. In this study, we demonstrate that in septic shock O-GlcNAc stimulation improves global animal and cardiovascular function outcomes associated with a restoration of SERCA2a levels. This pre-clinical study opens avenues for a potential therapy of early-stage septic shock.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylglucosamine / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic / pharmacology
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic / therapeutic use*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lipopolysaccharides / immunology
  • Male
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational / drug effects*
  • Rats
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases / blood
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases / metabolism
  • Shock, Septic / blood
  • Shock, Septic / immunology
  • Shock, Septic / metabolism
  • Shock, Septic / therapy*
  • beta-N-Acetylhexosaminidases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • beta-N-Acetylhexosaminidases / metabolism


  • 1,2-dideoxy-2'-propylglucopyranoso(2,1-d)-delta 2'-thiazoline
  • Atp2a2 protein, rat
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • hexosaminidase C
  • beta-N-Acetylhexosaminidases
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Calcium-Transporting ATPases
  • Acetylglucosamine