Drug Design, Development and Therapy (2020-09-01)

Quercetin Inhibits Adenomyosis by Attenuating Cell Proliferation, Migration and Invasion of Ectopic Endometrial Stromal Cells

  • Xu W,
  • Song Y,
  • Li K,
  • Zhang B,
  • Zhu X

Journal volume & issue
Vol. Volume 14
pp. 3815 – 3826

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Wenbin Xu,1,* Yizuo Song,1,* Kehan Li,1 Biyun Zhang,2 Xueqiong Zhu1 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou 325027, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cixi Maternity and Child Health Hospital, Ningbo 315300, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workCorrespondence: Xueqiong ZhuDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, No. 109 Xueyuan Xi Road, Wenzhou, Zhejiang 325027, People’s Republic of ChinaTel/Fax +86 577 88002796Email [email protected] ZhangDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cixi Maternity and Child Health Hospital, No. 1288 Erzaotan Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315300, People’s Republic of ChinaTel +86 574 63922186Fax +86 574 63015482Email [email protected]: To evaluate the effects of quercetin on proliferation, invasion and migration of endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) from adenomyosis patients.Methods: Primary ectopic ESCs (EESCs) and eutopic ESCs (EuESCs) were obtained and purified from patients undergoing total hysterectomy for adenomyosis and identified by immunocytochemistry staining. The cytotoxicity and inhibition rate were determined by CCK-8 assay to obtain the IC50 value. Cell proliferative, migratory, and invasive abilities were detected by BrdU, wound scratch, transwell assays, respectively. Western blot analysis was employed to explore the effects of quercetin on the expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, Ezrin and Fascin proteins in cells.Results: Both EESCs and EuESCs were characterized with strongly positive staining for vimentin and almost negative for cytokeratin. Quercetin inhibited the viability of EESCs and EuESCs in a dose- and time-dependent manner, with an IC50 = 33.00 μM for EuESCs and IC50 = 74.88 μM for EESCs at 72 h. Thus, the final concentrations and action time of quercetin in EuESCs (0, 20, 40, and 80 μM for 72 h) and EESCs (0, 40, 80, and 160 μM for 72 h) were selected. BrdU assay showed that quercetin dose-dependently suppressed the proliferation of EESCs and EuESCs, while the inhibition rate in EESCs was higher. Similarly, administration of quercetin in EESCs and EuESCs significantly decreased the motility and invasiveness in a dose-dependent fashion, with stronger inhibitory effects on EESCs. Finally, Western blot analysis demonstrated that invasion- and migration-related proteins (MMP-2, MMP-9, Erzin, and Fascin) were significantly downregulated with the quercetin concentration increasing. Moreover, the decreased level of these proteins in EESCs under quercetin exposure was greater than that in EuESCs.Conclusion: Quercetin can inhibit the proliferation of EESCs in adenomyosis and reduce their mobility and invasiveness. These inhibitory effects may be related to the downregulation of MMP-2, MMP-9, Fascin, and Erzin proteins.Keywords: quercetin, adenomyosis, proliferation, migration, invasion

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