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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4371714, 14 pages
Review Article

The Role of Antioxidant Enzymes in the Ovaries

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
2Joint Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Sichuan University-The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SCU-CUHK), West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Wenming Xu and Xinghui Liu

Received 30 May 2017; Accepted 19 July 2017; Published 24 September 2017

Academic Editor: Rodrigo Franco

Copyright © 2017 Shan Wang 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.


Proper physiological function of the ovaries is very important for the entire female reproductive system and overall health. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated as by-products during ovarian physiological metabolism, and antioxidants are indicated as factors that can maintain the balance between ROS production and clearance. A disturbance in this balance can induce pathological consequences in oocyte maturation, ovulation, fertilization, implantation, and embryo development, which can ultimately influence pregnancy outcomes. However, our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these physiological and pathological processes is lacking. This article presents up-to-date findings regarding the effects of antioxidants on the ovaries. An abundance of evidence has confirmed the various significant roles of these antioxidants in the ovaries. Some animal models are discussed in this review to demonstrate the harmful consequences that result from mutation or depletion of antioxidant genes or genes related to antioxidant synthesis. Disruption of antioxidant systems may lead to pathological consequences in women. Antioxidant supplementation is indicated as a possible strategy for treating reproductive disease and infertility by controlling oxidative stress (OS). To confirm this, further investigations are required and more antioxidant therapy in humans has to been performed.