Beneficial effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the follicular survival in the mouse ovary after transplantation

J Reprod Dev. 2012;58(2):260-3. doi: 10.1262/jrd.11-133h. Epub 2011 Dec 8.


A large proportion of follicles are lost during the initial ischemia that occurs after transplantation of ovarian tissues. Thus, the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) on the follicular loss of ovarian tissues after transplantation was examined in mice. Ovarian slices from ICR mice were transplanted under the kidney capsule in ovariectomized ICR. Hyperbaric oxygen with 100% oxygen was initiated for 30 min at 2.5 atmospheres absolute immediately after transplantation, and this treatment was repeated at 48-h intervals for 2 weeks. The number of follicles was dramatically reduced at 2 weeks post transplantation. However, HBO was significantly effective in enhancing the survival of transplanted ovarian follicles. The survival rates of primordial and primary follicles in ovarian tissues of mice with HBO were significantly higher than those without HBO. These results indicate HBO can be effectively used for the enhancement of survival of transplanted ovarian tissues.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Graft Survival*
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation*
  • Infertility, Female / therapy
  • Ischemia / etiology
  • Ischemia / prevention & control*
  • Kidney
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred ICR
  • Ovarian Follicle / metabolism
  • Ovarian Follicle / pathology*
  • Ovariectomy
  • Ovary / transplantation*
  • Reperfusion Injury / etiology
  • Reperfusion Injury / prevention & control*
  • Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms
  • Transplantation, Heterotopic / adverse effects