The functions of CAP superfamily proteins in mammalian fertility and disease.

The functions of CAP superfamily proteins in mammalian fertility and disease.

Members of the cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPS), antigen 5 (Ag5) and pathogenesis-related 1 (Pr-1) (CAP) superfamily of proteins are discovered throughout the bacterial, fungal, plant and animal kingdoms. Though many CAP superfamily proteins stay poorly characterised, over the previous decade proof has amassed, which offers insights into the practical roles of those proteins in numerous processes, together with fertilization, immune defence and subversion, pathogen virulence, venom toxicology and most cancers biology. read more

The effects of LH inhibition with cetrorelix on cumulus cell gene expression during the luteal phase under ovarian coasting stimulation in cattle

Cumulus cells have an important role to play in the final preparation of the oocyte before ovulation. During the final phase of follicular differentiation, FSH levels are low and LH maintains follicular growth; however, it is not known if at that time LH has an influence on cumulus cells inside the follicle. In humans, LH is often inhibited to avoid a premature ovulatory LH surge. This procedure provides a tool to investigate the role of LH in follicular development. In this study, we investigated the impact of suppressing LH using the GnRH antagonist cetrorelix during an ovarian coasting stimulation protocol on the transcriptome of bovine cumulus cells (CC). Oocytes were collected twice from 6 dairy cows. For the first collection, the cows received FSH twice daily for 3 d, followed by FSH withdrawal for 68 h as a control protocol. For the second collection, the same stimulation protocol was used, but the cows also received, starting on day 2 of FSH stimulation, a GnRH antagonist once a day until recovery of the cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC). Half of the COC were subjected to in vitro maturation, fertilization, and culture to assess blastocyst rates. The other half of the COC underwent microarray analysis (n = 3 cows, 2 treatments, 6 oocyte collections) and qRT-PCR (n = 6 cows: 3 microarray cows +3 other cows, 2 treatments, 12 oocyte collections). The differential expression of specific genes was confirmed by RT-qPCR: decrease of ATP6AP2, SC4MOL, and OSTC and increase of PTGDS in the LH-inhibited condition. The global transcriptomic analysis of cumulus cells demonstrated that the inhibition of LH secretion may decrease survival and growth of the follicle. Moreover, the results suggested that LH may be important to cumulus for the maintenance of cellular mechanisms such as global RNA expression, protein and nucleic acid metabolism, and energy production. These results support the hypothesis that LH support is important during the final part of follicle maturation through its influence on the cumulus cells.

Response to acute endotoxemia in cirrhotic rats


In cirrhosis, the levels of proinflammatory cytokines are high in the liver and blood. Endotoxin decreases level of consciousness in cirrhotic rats. Phosphatidylserine exists in the cell membrane structure and is essential for the survival of neurons. Phosphatidylserine receptor is found in phagocytic cells and also activates the signaling of membrane proteins in apoptotic process. Therefore this study was aimed to explore the hypothesis that hepatic encephalopathy is prevented by phosphatidylserine treatment and if so, whether this is associated with altered level of proinflammatory cytokines in the brain. read more