Lack of an effect of interferon α-2b on endometrioma cellular respiration

Shawky Z.A. Badawy, Violeta Cuenca, Abdul Kader Souid

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Objective: To explore the effect of INF α-2b on oxygen consumption of endometrioma cells in culture. Design: Oxygen consumption is evaluated by the use of phosphorimeter, which measures oxygen concentration in solution. Patients: A sample of endometrioma from patients who had undergone surgery for such disease, was cultured to develop cell lines for this study. Results: INF α-2b (at 4,000 units/ml) inhibited the proliferation of endometrioma cells in culture. The curves that describe [O2] in the cell suspensions as function of time, were linear, indicating that the kinetics were zero order. INF α-2b had unnoticeable effect on the cellular oxygen consumption. Conclusion: INF α-2b treatment does not target the energy converting mechanism in the mitochondria. Its antiproliferative effect may be related to inhibition of intracellular DNA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalMiddle East Fertility Society Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Endometrioma
  • Interferon α-2b
  • O consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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