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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2016, Article ID 8589318, 14 pages
Review Article

Roles of Oxidative Stress in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Cancers

Tao Zuo,1,2,3 Minghui Zhu,4 and Wenming Xu1,3

1Joint Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, SCU-CUHK, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China
2Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065, China
3Key Laboratory of Birth Defects and Related Diseases of Women and Children of Ministry of Education, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
4Reproductive Medicine Center, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China

Received 22 June 2015; Revised 28 August 2015; Accepted 6 September 2015

Academic Editor: Sahdeo Prasad

Copyright © 2016 Tao Zuo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Oxidative stress (OS) has received extensive attention in the last two decades, because of the discovery that abnormal oxidation status was related to patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), cancer, and neurological diseases. OS is considered as a potential inducing factor in the pathogenesis of PCOS, which is one of the most common complex endocrine disorders and a leading cause of female infertility, affecting 4%–12% of women in the world, as OS has close interactions with PCOS characteristics, just as insulin resistance (IR), hyperandrogenemia, and chronic inflammation. It has also been shown that DNA mutations and alterations induced by OS are involved in cancer pathogenesis, tumor cell survival, proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis, and so on. Furthermore, recent studies show that the females with PCOS are reported to have an increasing risk of cancers. As a result, the more serious OS in PCOS is regarded as an important potential incentive for the increasing risk of cancers, and this study aims to analyze the possibility and potential pathogenic mechanism of the above process, providing insightful thoughts and evidences for preventing cancer potentially caused by PCOS in clinic.