Mar 31, 2020

Induction of hyperandrogenism and insulin resistance differentially modulates ferroptosis in uterine and placental tissues of pregnant rats

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Philip GerleeHakan Billig


Ferroptosis, a form of regulated necrotic cell death, plays roles in diverse physiological processes and diseases. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have hyperandrogenism and insulin resistance (HAIR) and an increased risk of miscarriage and placental dysfunction during pregnancy. However, whether maternal HAIR alters mechanisms leading to ferroptosis in the gravid uterus and placenta remains unknown. Previous studies in rats showed that maternal exposure to 5-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and insulin (INS) from gestational day 7.5 to 13.5 induces HAIR and subsequently leads to placental insufficiency and fetal loss. We therefore hypothesized that maternal HAIR triggers ferroptosis in the uterus and placenta in association with fetal loss in pregnant rats. Compared with controls, we found that co-exposure to DHT and INS led to decreased levels of Gpx4 and glutathione (GSH), increased GSH+glutathione disulfide (GSSG) and malondialdehyde (MDA), aberrant expression of ferroptosis-associated genes (Acsl4, Tfrc, Slc7a11, and Gclc), increased iron deposition, and activated ERK/p38/JNK phosphorylation in the gravid uterus. However, in the placenta, DHT and INS exposure only partially altered the expression of ferroptosis-related...Continue Reading

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