Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 7 pp 6109—6119
Ginsenoside Rh3 activates Nrf2 signaling and protects endometrial cells from oxygen and glucose deprivation-reoxygenation
- 1 Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Huai’an Maternal and Child Health Hospital, Huai’an, China
- 2 Department of Orthopedics, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China
- 3 Center of Stomatology, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China
- 4 Dalian Medical University, Dalian, China
- 5 Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, The Affiliated Changzhou No. 2 People’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Changzhou, China
- 6 Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Affiliated Kunshan Hospital of Jiangsu University, Suzhou, China
Received: December 1, 2019 Accepted: February 5, 2020 Published: April 7, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103009
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Oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD)-reoxygenation (OGDR) induces oxidative injury to endometrial cells in vitro. We tested the potential effect of ginsenoside Rh3 (GRh3) in the process. Our results show that GRh3 activated Nrf2 signaling in T-HESC cells and primary murine endometrial cells. GRh3 induced Nrf2 Ser-40 phosphorylation and Keap1-Nrf2 disassociation, causing Nrf2 protein stabilization and nuclear translocation, which led to transcription and expression of antioxidant response element-dependent genes (HO1, NQO1 and GCLC). In T-HESC cells and primary murine endometrial cells, GRh3 potently attenuated OGDR-induced reactive oxygen species production, lipid peroxidation and mitochondrial depolarization, as well as cell viability reduction and necrosis. Activation of Nrf2 is required for GRh3-induced anti-OGDR actions in endometrial cells. Nrf2 inhibition, by Nrf2 shRNA, knockout (through CRISPR-Cas9-editing) or S40T mutation, abolished GRh3-induced endometrial cell protection against OGDR. Additionally, forced activation of Nrf2, by Keap1 knockout, mimicked and nullified GRh3-induced anti-OGDR actions in T-HESC cells. Together, we conclude that GRh3 protects endometrial cells from OGDR via activation of Nrf2 signaling.