Levels of total antioxidant capacity and 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine of serum and follicular fluid in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: focusing on endometriosis

Ákos Várnagy, Tamás Kőszegi, Erzséber Györgyi, Sarolta Szegedi, Endre Sulyok, Viktória Prémusz, József Bódis

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This study was designed to evaluate the levels of oxidative stress (OS) markers, total non-enzymatic antioxidant capacity (TAC) and 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in the serum and follicular fluid (FF) of patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). The impact of these biomarkers on IVF outcome was also analysed. Samples were obtained from 61 patients (age: 36.40 ± 4.99 years; BMI: 22.54 ± 2.46; infertility: 3.7 ± 2.5 years [mean ± SD]) before and after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). Patients with and without endometriosis were also evaluated separately. TAC was quantified by enhanced chemiluminescence assay and 8-OHdG was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. It was demonstrated that these biomarkers responded to COH differently. No relationship could be detected in their FF levels, although their cumulative serum levels were inversely related. Both FF TAC and FF 8-OHdG had a negative impact on the number of good quality embryos, but an effect of Serum TAC and 8-OHdG could not be observed. When women with and without endometriosis were evaluated separately, inconsistent results were obtained. However, women without endometriosis had higher levels of serum and FF TAC when they progressed to clinical pregnancy. Our findings support the notion that OS has an important contribution to the reproductive potential in IVF patients, the ideal biomarkers of outcome measures, however, need to be further explored.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Fertility
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Oxidative stress
  • embryo quality
  • endometriosis
  • good quality oocytes
  • reproductive potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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