Selenium alleviates lipopolysaccharide-induced endometritis via regulating the recruitment of TLR4 into lipid rafts in mice
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element for living organisms and plays diverse biological roles. Endometritis is a common reproductive disorder in dairy cows, causing huge economic losses. In this study, we explored the effects of Se on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endometritis in mice and expounded its underlying mechanism of action. We validated the anti-inflammatory effects of Se in vivo by establishing a mouse model of endometriosis induced by LPS. Se significantly reversed the LPS-induced uterine histopathological changes, MPO activity and inflammatory cytokine levels in vivo. Simultaneously, TLR4 and its downstream signaling pathways, lipid rafts and cholesterol levels in the tissues were also attenuated by Se under LPS stimulation. In addition, the molecular mechanism of the Se anti-inflammatory effect was clarified in mouse endometrial epithelial cells. Se inhibited TLR4-mediated NF-κB and IRF3 signal transduction pathways to reduce the production of inflammatory factors. We found that Se promoted the consumption of cholesterol to suppress the lipid rafts coming into being and inhibited the TLR4 positioning to the lipid raft to prevent the inflammatory response caused by LPS. Meanwhile, Se activated the LxRα-ABCA1 pathway to cause the outflow of cholesterol in cells. The anti-inflammatory effect of Se was disrupted by silencing LxRα. In conclusion, Se exerted anti-inflammatory effects most likely by the LxRα-ABCA1 pathway activation, which inhibited lipid rafts by depleting cholesterol and ultimately impeded the migration of TLR4 to lipid rafts.