Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 297, Issue 6, pp 1549–1555 | Cite as

Can ebselen prevent cisplatin-induced ovarian damage?

  • Zeynep Soyman
  • Hafize Uzun
  • Nihan Bayindir
  • Mukaddes Esrefoglu
  • Birtan Boran
Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine



The occurrence of ovarian damage is a major shortcoming in treating tumors with cisplatin (CP). The present study investigates the beneficial effects of ebselen—a seleno-organic compound with antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties—vis-à-vis CP-induced ovarian damage.


Twenty-eight adult female rats were divided into four study groups. Group 1 received no treatment. The rats in Groups 2, 3, and 4 were intraperitoneally administered CP (2 mg/kg/day) twice per week, for 5 weeks. Those in Group 2 received 0.3 ml saline (0.9% NaCl) intraperitoneally 60 min before each CP treatment, while those in Group 3 received 0.2 ml dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and 0.3 ml saline intraperitoneally 60 min before each CP treatment. The rats in Group 4 were pretreated with an intraperitoneal injection of 15 mg/kg/day ebselen 60 min before each CP treatment. Ovarian tissue malondialdehyde (MDA), total nitric oxide (NOx), glutathione (GSH), Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn-SOD), and catalase levels, as well as histopathological damage scores (HDSs) and serum antimullerian hormone (AMH) levels, were assessed.


Cu/Zn-SOD and GSH levels were significantly higher, and MDA and NOx levels significantly lower, in Group 4 than in Groups 2 and 3. Pretreatment with ebselen significantly improved serum AMH levels, relative to Groups 2 and 3. Additionally, HDS values were significantly lower in Group 4 than in Groups 2 and 3.


Our results from using an experimental rat model of CP chemotherapy suggest that ebselen use may ameliorate ovarian damage by preventing oxidative injury.


Anti-mullerian hormone Cisplatin Ebselen Oxidative stress Ovary 



This work was financially supported by the Research Fund of Istanbul Education and Research Hospital (Grant Number: 19.03.2015/64).

Author contributions

ZS was involved in management data analysis, intellectual idea, protocol development, data collection, writing and editing; HU was involved in data collection and writing; NB was involved in data collection and statistics; ME was involved in data collection and editing; BB was involved in data collection and management data analysis.


This work was financially supported by the Research Fund of Istanbul Education and Research.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.

Ethical approval

The presented study was approved by the animal local ethics committee of Bezmialem Vakif University. All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyMinistry of Health, Istanbul Education and Research HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryIstanbul University Cerrahpasa School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Histology and EmbryologyBezmialem Vakif University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey

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