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Type: Journal article
Title: Oxygen-regulated gene expression in murine cumulus cells
Author: Kind, K.
Tam, K.
Banwell, K.
Gauld, A.
Russell, D.
Macpherson, A.
Brown, H.
Frank, L.
Peet, D.
Thompson, J.
Citation: Reproduction Fertility and Development, 2015; 27(2):407-418
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1031-3613
Organisation: Robinson Institute
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Karen L. Kind, Kimberley K. Y. Tam, Kelly M. Banwell, Ashley D. Gauld, Darryl L. Russell, Anne M. Macpherson, Hannah M. Brown, Laura A. Frank, Daniel J. Peet and Jeremy G. Thompson
Abstract: Oxygen is an important component of the environment of the cumulus–oocyte complex (COC), both in vivo within the ovarian follicle and during in vitro oocyte maturation (IVM). Cumulus cells have a key role in supporting oocyte development, and cumulus cell function and gene expression are known to be altered when the environment of the COC is perturbed. Oxygen-regulated gene expression is mediated through the actions of the transcription factors, the hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs). In the present study, the effect of oxygen on cumulus cell gene expression was examined following in vitro maturation of the murine COC at 2%, 5% or 20% oxygen. Increased expression of HIF-responsive genes, including glucose transporter-1, lactate dehydrogenase A and BCL2/adenovirus E1B interacting protein 3, was observed in cumulus cells matured at 2% or 5%, compared with 20% oxygen. Stabilisation of HIF1α protein in cumulus cells exposed to low oxygen was confirmed by western blot and HIF-mediated transcriptional activity was demonstrated using a transgenic mouse expressing green fluorescent protein under the control of a promoter containing hypoxia response elements. These results indicate that oxygen concentration influences cumulus cell gene expression and support a role for HIF1α in mediating the cumulus cell response to varying oxygen.
Keywords: hypoxia inducible factors
Rights: Journal compilation © CSIRO 2015
DOI: 10.1071/RD13249
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