Effects of mitochondrial dysfunction on energy metabolism switch by HIF-1α signaling in granulosa cells of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE : This study aims to determine the effects of mitochondrial dysfunction on energy metabolism of granulosa cells (GCs) and oocyte's competence in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
METHODS : A total of 158 patients who underwent controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) were enrolled. The clinical outcomes of patients with and without PCOS under in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) were compared. Human primary GCs were exposed to mitochondrial and glycolysis inhibitors. Then, the related indicators of mitochondrial activity and glycometabolism were compared with controls. The viability of GCs after mitochondrial inhibitors was also determined.
RESULTS : In PCOS patients, the number of retrieved oocytes significantly increased, but the high-quality embryos, available embryos and high quality blastocyst formation obviously decreased (P<0.05). Furthermore, the mitochondrial membrane potential, ATP content, mtDNA copy number, and HIF-1α mRNA and protein levels in GCs decreased, while the levels of reactive oxygen species increased (P<0.05). Mitochondrial inhibitors reduced the mitochondrial function, but increased the HIF-1α, GLUT1, LDHA and PFKP gene expression. Glucose consumption gradually increased at 24, 48 and 72 hours of GC culture after CCCP treatment, and the viability of cells tested by CCK-8 increased (P<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS : GCs are dependent on mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis for energy provision. Mitochondrial dysfunction accompanied by abnormal glycolysis were observed in PCOS patients, which affect the switch of energy metabolic to glycolytic. The failure of transformation to glycolysis and low HIF-1α expression in GCs during the development of follicles might be correlated to the low oocyte competence of PCOS.

Keywords

Polycystic ovary syndrome,glycolysis,granulosa cells,hypoxia inducible factor-1α,mitochondrial functions,

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