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Sinomenine Improves Embryo Survival by Regulating Th1/Th2 Balance in a Mouse Model of Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion

Jin Luo, Yaqin Wang, Qianrong Qi, Yan Cheng, Wangming Xu, Jing Yang

(Reproductive Medicine Center, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Hubei Clinic Research Center for Assisted Reproductive Technology and Embryonic Development, Wuhan, Hubei, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e927709

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.927709

BACKGROUND: This study aims to explore the effect of Sinomenine (SIN) on pregnancy outcomes of recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) in a mouse model.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty female CBA/J mice were allocated into 3 groups randomly, then mated with BALB/c mice (CBA/J×BALB/c) as normal-pregnancy group (n=10), or mated with DBA/2 mice (CBA/J×DBA/2) as RSA model (n=10), or CBA/J×DBA/2 mice treated with SIN as RSA+SIN group (n=10). The number of surviving and reabsorbed embryos in each group were counted on day 13.5 of gestation. The mouse serum was collected to determine the levels of interferon-γ (IFN)-γ and IL-4 by ELISA. Immunohistochemistry, qRT-PCR and immunoblotting were used to determine the location, mRNA and protein expressions of IFN-γ, IL-4, T-bet and GATA3 in the decidual and placental tissue.
RESULTS: In the RSA group, the amount of reabsorbed embryo was significantly higher than that in the normal-pregnancy group. However, SIN treatment showed a rescue effect on spontaneous abortion in RSA mice. IFN-γ, IL-4, T-bet, and GATA3 were all expressed in placental tissues and mainly located in the cytoplasm. The RSA group demonstrated higher expression levels of IFN-γ and T-bet than in the RSA+SIN and normal-pregnancy groups. Although RSA and RSA+SIN groups showed lower expression levels of IL-4 and GATA3 than in the normal-pregnancy group, there was no significant difference between RSA and RSA+SIN groups regarding IL-4 and GATA expression levels.
CONCLUSIONS: SIN treatment demonstrates a therapeutic effect on spontaneous abortion in RSA mice, possibly through regulating the balance of Th1/Th2 in maternal circulation and decidual tissues.

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