Decreased expression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha-stimulated gene 6 in cumulus cells of the cyclooxygenase-2 and EP2 null mice.

Ochsner SA, Russell DL, Day AJ, Breyer RM, Richards JS
Endocrinology. 2003 144 (3): 1008-19

PMID: 12586778 · DOI:10.1210/en.2002-220435

Ovulation, the release of fertilizable oocytes from mature follicles, involves tissue remodeling and increased prostaglandin (PG) signaling. Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is the rate-limiting enzyme during PG synthesis. Female mice null for either COX-2 or the PGE(2) receptor EP2 are infertile, show decreased ovulation, and exhibit abnormal cumulus expansion. Cumulus expansion is the production of a complex extracellular matrix surrounding the cumulus-oocyte complex (COC). Matrix components consist of hyaluronan, proteoglycans, and proteins with hyaluronan binding domains. One such hyaluronan binding protein is TNFalpha-stimulated gene 6 (TSG-6). By various methods, we show induction of TSG-6 and hyaluronan synthase-2 mRNA in ovaries of mice treated with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin. By in situ hybridization, we show that both genes are expressed in periantral mural granulosa cells and cumulus cells of the mouse ovary. Notably, RT-PCR and in situ hybridization show that TSG-6 mRNA but not hyaluronan synthase-2 mRNA expression is selectively reduced in cumulus cells of COX-2 and EP2 null mice. Western analysis further confirms that TSG-6 protein is reduced in isolated COCs but remains covalently associated with inter alpha-trypsin inhibitor in COX-2 null mice. These observations identify TSG-6 as a target of PG action and show that its production in ovulatory follicles is associated with proper formation of the cumulus-derived extracellular matrix.

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Alpha-Globulins Animals Blotting, Western Cell Adhesion Molecules Cyclooxygenase 2 Female Gene Expression Glucuronosyltransferase Hyaluronan Synthases In Situ Hybridization Isoenzymes Mice Mice, Inbred C57BL Mice, Knockout Ovarian Follicle Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases Receptors, Prostaglandin E Receptors, Prostaglandin E, EP2 Subtype Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction RNA, Messenger

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