Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 3 pp 2992—3009
EGF released from human placental mesenchymal stem cells improves premature ovarian insufficiency via NRF2/HO-1 activation
- 1 Center of Reproduction and Genetics, Affiliated Suzhou Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Suzhou Municipal Hospital, Suzhou 215002, China
- 2 State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Jiangsu 210029, China
received: October 2, 2019 ; accepted: January 12, 2020 ; published: February 10, 2020 ;https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102794
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Human placental mesenchymal stem cells (hPMSCs) have the ability to release cytokines and to differentiate into the three germ layers. To date, the relevance of hPMSCs for the treatment of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) disease through the regulation of oxidative stress is still unclear. Therefore, to evaluate the therapeutic efficiency and investigate the mechanism of hPMSCs, we generated a mouse model of POI and collected human ovarian granule cells (hGCs) from patients with POI. hPMSCs displayed therapeutic effects on POI ovarian function, including recovered follicular numbers and increased expression of oocyte markers. Furthermore, secretion of the cytokine EGF (epidermal growth factor) was higher from hPMSCs than it was from other cells. FACS and Western blot analyses showed that EGF elevated the proliferation and reduced the apoptosis in hGCs. hPMSCs and EGF inhibited oxidative stress levels. Protein assays demonstrated that EGF suppressed oxidative stress by dose-dependently upregulating the expression of the NRF2/HO-1 pathway, and it inhibited the apoptosis by regulating the PTEN/PI3K/AKT pathway. These findings provide an experimental foundation for hPMSCs in improving ovarian function through the secretion of EGF. The mechanism of action of EGF is related to protection from oxidative stress by activation of the NRF2/HO-1.