Phosphoramide mustard (PM) destroys rapidly dividing cells and activates the DNA double strand break marker, γH2AX, and DNA repair in rat granulosa cells and neonatal ovaries. The effects of PM exposure on DNA damage and activation of DNA damage repair in lean and obese female mice were investigated. Wild type (lean) non agouti (a/a) and KK.Cg-Ay/J heterozygote (obese) mice received sesame oil or PM (95%; 25 mg/kg; intraperitoneal injection). Obesity increased (P < 0.05) hepatic and spleen but decreased (P < 0.05) uterine weight. PM exposure reduced (P < 0.05) spleen weight regardless of body composition, however, decreased (P < 0.05) ovarian and hepatic weight were observed in the obese PM-exposed females. PM decreased (P < 0.05) primordial and primary follicle number in lean females. Obesity and PM increased (P < 0.05) γH2AX protein. DNA damage repair genes Prkdc, Parp1, and Rad51 mRNA were unaltered by obesity, however, Atm and Xrcc6 mRNA were increased (P < 0.05) while Brca1 was reduced (P < 0.05). Obesity reduced (P < 0.05) PRKDC, XRCC6 and but increased (P < 0.05) ATM protein. ATM, BRCA1 and RAD51 protein levels were increased (P < 0.05) by PM exposure in both lean and obese mice, while PMinduced increased (P < 0.05) XRCC6 and PARP1 were observed only in lean mice. Thus, PMinduces ovarian DNA damage in vivo; obesity alters DNA repair response gene mRNA and protein level; the ovary activates DNA repair proteins in response to PM; but obesity compromises the ovarian PM response.
PM exposure induces DNA damage and subsequent repair in ovaries of exposed mice, and this response is abrogated in obese females.