Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 9 pp 7717—7728

Resveratrol attenuates doxorubicin-induced meiotic failure through inhibiting oxidative stress and apoptosis in mouse oocytes

Jun Han1, , Huarong Wang2, , Tuo Zhang1, , Ziqi Chen1, , Ting Zhao1, , Lin Lin1, , Guoliang Xia1,3, , Chao Wang1, ,

  • 1 State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
  • 2 Medical College of Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
  • 3 Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Conservation and Utilization of Special Biological Resources in the Western China, College of Life Science, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750021, Ningxia, China

Received: January 18, 2020       Accepted: March 4, 2020       Published: April 30, 2020
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Doxorubicin (DXR), a widely used chemotherapeutic drug, has adverse effects on female fertility in young cancer patients. However, the underlying mechanisms of doxorubicin exposure on female fertility and how to prevent it have not been well studied yet. Here, mouse oocytes were employed to investigate the issues mentioned above. The results showed that doxorubicin treatment impaired oocyte meiotic maturation by destroying spindle assembly and chromosome arrangement. In addition, doxorubicin caused oxidative stress by increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. Furthermore, doxorubicin led to severe DNA damage in oocytes, which eventually induced apoptosis through DNA damage-P63-Caspase3 pathway. Conversely, resveratrol (RES) effectively improved oocyte quality by restoring spindle and chromosome configuration, reducing ROS levels and inhibiting apoptosis. In summary, our results indicate that RES can protect oocytes against doxorubicin-induced damage.


DXR: doxorubicin; RES: Resveratrol; ROS: reactive oxygen species.