Kabir 2014 Abstract MiP2014

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Declining follicular reserve triggers mitochondrial pathway of granulosa cell apoptosis and accelerates the rate of follicular decay.


Kabir SN

Mitochondr Physiol Network 19.13 - MiP2014

Banerjee S, Saraswat G, Kabir SN (2014)

Event: MiP2014

The ovary receives a finite pool of follicles during fetal life. The follicular reserve declines at an exponential rate leading to an accelerated rate of decay during the years preceding menopause [1]. The present investigation examined if diminished follicle reserve, which characterizes ovarian aging, impacts the attrition process.

Premature ovarian aging was induced in rats by intra-embryonic injection (3 Β΅l) of 100 Β΅g of galactosyltransferase-antibody (GalTase-Ab) per embryo on D10 of pregnancy. The size of the follicle pool of post-natal D35 female rats was subsequently modulated by transplantation of either a wedge of fat (sham control) or an ovary from 25-day old control rats under the ovarian bursa. The ovaries were dissected out on post-natal D55. Follicular growth and atresia and ovarian microenvironment were evaluated by real-time RT-PCR analysis of growth differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9), bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15), kit ligand (KL), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and keratinocyte growth factor (KGF); biochemical evaluation of ovarian lipid peroxidation, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase activity; analysis of mitochondrial membrane potential by JC1 staining; detection of granulosa cell apoptosis by TUNEL assay, Hoechst staining and annexin V binding; and Western blot analysis of pro- and anti-apoptotic signaling molecules including p53, bax, bcl2, caspase 3 and cytochrome c.

The follicle-deficient ovary of the sham-operated group demonstrated highly triggered mitochondrial pathways of granulosa cell apoptosis and accelerated follicular atresia. The follicle-deficient ovary of the ovary-transplanted group, by contrast, exhibited stimulated follicle growth with increased expression of GDF-9, BMP15, KL, HGF, KGF, and bcl2 and downregulated expression of p53, bax, caspase 3 and cytochrome c. Both the host and transplanted ovaries also had significantly lower rates of lipid peroxidation with increased SOD and catalase activity. The present results suggest that the balance between the pro-survival and pro-apoptotic factors involved in maintaining optimum intra-follicular communication between germ cell and somatic cells [2-4] is, perhaps, under the upstream regulation of an as-yet unidentified ovarian milieu that is maintained by inter-follicular communications. The declining follicular reserve is possibly the immediate thrust that increases the rate of follicle depletion when the follicle reserve wanes below a certain threshold size.

Labels: MiParea: mt-Membrane, Developmental biology 

Stress:Cell death  Organism: Rat  Tissue;cell: Genital  Preparation: Intact organ 

Regulation: Cyt c, mt-Membrane potential 

Event: C3, Oral  MiP2014 


Cell Biol Physiol Div, CSIR-Indian Inst Chem Biol, Kolkata, India. - [email protected]


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Figure 1. Immunoblot and densitometric analysis of p53, bax, bcl2 and caspase3. Images of representative immunoblots (A) show decreased expression level of p53, bax and caspase3 and increased expression of bcl2, in both the resident (GOT-R) and transplanted (GOT-T) ovaries of the ovary-transplanted (GOT) group, as compared to the expression of the corresponding factors by the follicle-deficient ovary of the fat-transplanted (GFT) group. The histograms (B) represent the densitometric analyzes with relative intensity of the bands normalized to loading control, Ξ²-actin.

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Figure 2. Relative mRNA expression of gdf9, bmp15 and kit ligand as assessed by real-time RT-PCR. The expression levels of gdf9, bmp15 and kit ligand are normalized with internal control, Ξ²-actin, and expressed as fold-change with respect to fat-transplanted group (GFT). The expression level of gdf9 is 1.61-fold higher in the resident (GOT-R) and 2.76-fold higher in the transplanted (GOT-T) ovaries, while the expression of bmp15 increased by 1.24-fold in GOT-R and 1.87-fold in GOT-T ovaries. The expression of kit ligand in the GOT-R and GOT-T is 1.62-fold and 2.69-fold higher, respectively. Data are presented as mean Β±SEM of five independent determinations, each from individual rats of the corresponding gtoup (**P<0.05 vs. GFT; ***P<0.001 vs. GFT).


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