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The effects of magnesium sulfate on cyclophosphamide-induced ovarian damage: Folliculogenesis.

Acta histochemica (2019-12-10)
Tuğba Ekiz Yılmaz, Müge Taşdemir, Mehmet Kaya, Nadir Arıcan, Bülent Ahıshalı

Cyclophosphamide (CYP) is one of the alkylating chemotherapeutic agents and its adverse effects on folliculogenesis in the ovary are well-known due to the previous scientific research on this topic. Magnesium has various effects in organisms, including catalytic functions on the activation and inhibition of many enzymes, and regulatory functions on cell proliferation, cell cycle, and differentiation. In this study, the effects of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) on CYP induced ovarian damage were investigated. Immature Wistar-Albino female rats of 28-days were treated with pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin (PMSG) to develop the first generation of preovulatory follicles. Rats of the experimental groups were then treated with either CYP (100 mg/kg, i.p) and MgSO4 (270 mg/kg loading dose; 27 mg/kg maintenance doseX12, i.p) solely or in combination. Following in-vivo 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU) labeling, animals were sacrificed and ovaries were embedded in paraffin and Epon. In the ovaries, added to the evaluation of general morphology and follicle count; BrdU and TUNEL-labeling, cleaved caspase-3 and p27 (cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor) staining was also performed immunohistochemically and an ultrastructural evaluation was performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The number of primordial follicles were decreased and multilaminar primary and atretic follicles were increased in CYP group. After MgSO4 treatment, while primordial follicle pool were elevated, the number of atretic follicles were decreased. Additionally, decreased BrdU-labeling, increased cleaved caspase 3 immunoreactivity and increased TUNEL labeling were observed in CYP group. In CYP treated animals, observations showed that while MgSO4 administration caused no alterations in BrdU proliferation index and caspase-3 immunoreactivity, it significantly reduced the TUNEL labeling. It was also observed that, while p27 immunoreactivity significantly increased in the nuclei of granulosa and theca cells in the CYP group; MgSO4 treatment significantly reduced these immunoreactivities. The ultrastructural observations showed frequent apoptotic profiles in granulosa and theca cells in both early and advanced stages of follicles in the CYP group and the MgSO4 treatment before the CYP application led to ultrastructural alleviation of the apoptotic process. In conclusion, our data suggest that MgSO4 may provide an option of pharmacologic treatment for fertility preservation owing to the beneficial effects of on chemotherapy-induced accelerated follicular apoptotic process, and the protection of the primordial follicle pool.

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Product Description

5-Bromo-2′-deoxyuridine, ≥99% (HPLC)
Hydrogen peroxide 30%, Suprapur®
Cyclophosphamide monohydrate, bulk package
Magnesium sulfate, anhydrous, free-flowing, Redi-Dri, ReagentPlus®, ≥99.5%
Epoxy Embedding Medium kit
ApopTag Plus Peroxidase In Situ Apoptosis Kit, The ApopTag Plus Peroxidase In Situ Apoptosis Detection Kit detects apoptotic cells by labeling & detecting DNA strand breaks by the indirect TUNEL method.