Quantitative proteomic profiling of bovine follicular fluid during follicle development

Ferrazza, R. d. A., Dos Santos Schmidt, E. M., Mihm Carmichael, M., de Souza, F. F., Burchmore, R. , Sartori, R., Eckersall, P. D. and Ferreira, J. C. P. (2018) Quantitative proteomic profiling of bovine follicular fluid during follicle development. Biology of Reproduction, 97(6), pp. 835-849. (doi:10.1093/biolre/iox148) (PMID:29149247)

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Abstract

Bovine follicular fluid (FF) constitutes the microenvironment of follicles and includes various biologically active proteins. We performed a study involving 18 healthy non-lactating Holstein cows to determine the protein expression profile of FF at key-stages of follicular development. Follicles were individually aspirated in vivo at pre-deviation (F1∼7.0mm); deviation (F1∼8.5mm); post-deviation (F1∼12.0mm); and pre-ovulatory stages of follicle development, which were confirmed by measurement of follicular estradiol and progesterone concentrations. The FF from nine cows were selected for proteomic analysis. After albumin depletion, triplicates of pooled FF were reduced, alkylated, and digested with trypsin. The resulting peptides were labelled with TMTsixplex and quantified using LC-MS/MS. A total of 143 proteins was identified and assigned to a variety of biological processes, including response to stimulus and metabolic processes. Twenty-two differentially (P < 0.05) expressed proteins were found between stages indicating intrafollicular changes over development, with expected deviation time critical to modulate the protein expression. For instance, high concentrations of follistatin, inhibin, serglycin, spondin-1, fibrinogen, and anti-testosterone antibody were found during early stages of follicular development. In contrast, apolipoprotein H, alpha-2-macroglobulin, plasminogen, antithrombin-III, and immunoglobulins were increased after deviation. Amongst the differentially abundant proteins, 19 were found to be associated with steroidogenesis. Pathway analysis identified proteins that were mainly associated with the acute phase response signaling, coagulation system, complement system, liver/retinoid X receptor activation, and biosynthesis of nitric oxide and reactive oxygen. The differentially expressed proteins provide insights into the size-dependent protein changes in the ovarian follicle microenvironment that could influence follicular function.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Folliculogenesis, Holstein cow, mass spectrometry, proteomic, steroid hormone.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burchmore, Dr Richard and Eckersall, Professor Peter and Mihm Carmichael, Dr Monika
Authors: Ferrazza, R. d. A., Dos Santos Schmidt, E. M., Mihm Carmichael, M., de Souza, F. F., Burchmore, R., Sartori, R., Eckersall, P. D., and Ferreira, J. C. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Biology of Reproduction
Publisher:Society for the Study of Reproduction
ISSN:0006-3363
ISSN (Online):1529-7268
Published Online:15 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Biology of Reproduction 97(6):835-849
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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