Changes in expression of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type-1, type-2 and glucocorticoid receptor mRNAs in porcine corpus luteum during the estrous cycle

Ryosuke Sakumoto, Shuichi Ito, Kiyoshi Okuda

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Abstract

The objective of the present study was to determine whether glucocorticoid (GC) and its receptor (GC-R) are expressed in the porcine corpus luteum (CL), and whether GC influences porcine luteal hormone production. The gene expressions of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11-HSD1), type 2 (11-HSD2), GC-R, and the concentrations of GC were determined in the CL of Chinese Meishan pigs during the estrous cycle. Moreover, the effects of GC on progesterone (P4), estradiol-17β (E2), and prostaglandin (PG) F2α secretion by cultured luteal cells were investigated. Messenger RNAs of the H-HSD1, 11-HSD2, and GC-R were clearly expressed in the CL throughout the estrous cycle. The 11-HSD1 mRNA level in the CL was higher at the regressed stage than at the other stages (P < 0.05), whereas 11-HSD2 mRNA was lower at the regressed stage than at the other stages (P < 0.05). GC-R mRNA level was higher at the regressed stages than at the other stages (P < 0.01). Concentrations of GC were lower in the regressed CL than in the other stages (P < 0.01). When the cultured luteal cells obtained from mid-stage CL (Days 8-11) were exposed to GC (50-5,000 ng/ml), P4 and PGF2α secretion by the cells were reduced (P < 0.05), whereas GC had no effect on E2 secretion by the cells. The overall results suggest that GC is regulated locally by 11-HSD1 and 11-HSD2 in the porcine CL. GC inhibits P4 and PGF2α production from luteal cells via their specific receptors, implying GC plays some roles in regulating porcine CL function throughout the estrous cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-930
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Reproduction and Development
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • Corpus luteum
  • Glucocorticoid
  • Pig
  • Real-time PCR
  • Receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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