Poliovirus receptor (Pvr), erythrocyte protein band 4.1-like 3 (Epb4.1l3), regulator of G-protein signaling 11 (Rgs11), and oxytocin receptor (Oxtr) expression were quantified in in vitro- and in vivo-grown mouse follicles. The expression of all genes was increased during antral growth in in vitro-grown cumulus cells, whereas only Rgs11 and Oxtr were increased and Pvr and Epb4.1l3 were decreased in in vivo grown cumulus cells. In vivo mural granulosa cells showed the highest expression of Pvr, Rgs11, and Oxtr. The in vitro granulosa + theca compartment responded to human chorionic gonadotropinduring early luteinization by either an upregulation (Pvr, Oxtr) or downregulation (Epb41l3, Rgs11). Oocytes expressed Epb4.1l3, not Rgs11, and Pvr only in in vitro-grown oocytes. Translation into protein was confirmed for Epb4.1l3 in in vitro-grown follicles and in vivo-grown cumulus-oocyte complexes. Protein 4.1B was present during antral growth in cumulus, granulosa cells, and oocytes. Hypothetical functions of Epb4.1l3 and Pvr involve cell adhesion regulation and Rgs11 could be involved in cAMP production in the follicle. Oxtr is known to be important during and after the ovulatory stimulus, but, as in bovine, was also regulated during folliculogenesis. High expression of Pvr and Epb4.1l3 with culture duration in cumulus cells might mark inappropriate differentiation into a mural granulosa-like cell type and function as negative follicle development marker. Rgs11 and Oxtr are both in vivo and in vitro upregulated in cumulus cells during antral follicle growth and might be considered positive markers for follicle development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalBiology of Reproduction
Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • poliovirus, erythrocyte, G-protein, oxytocin, in vitro, in vivo

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