Polyol Accumulation in Galactosemic and Diabetic Rats: Control by an Aldose Reductase Inhibitor

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Science  14 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4117, pp. 1146-1148
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4117.1146


An orally active inhibitor of aldose reductase, 1,3-dioxo-1H-benz[de]-isoquinoline-2(3H)acetic acid (AY-22,284), prevented cataractous changes in cultured lenses exposed to high concentrations of galactose. When given orally, AY-22,284 markedly decreased the accumulation of polyols in the lenses and sciatic nerves of galactosemic rats and rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. In addition, treatment of galactosemic rats with AY-22,284 effectively suppressed the formation of cataracts.