Cyclic regulation of apoptotic gene expression in the mouse oviduct

Myoungkun Jeoung, Phillip J. Bridges

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The oviduct is a dynamic structure whose function relies upon cyclic changes in the morphology of both ciliated and secretory luminal epithelial cells. Unfortunately, infection of these epithelial cells by sexually transmitted pathogens can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancies and infertility. The disruption of normal, cyclic apoptosis in the oviducal epithelium appears to be a causal factor of oviducal pathology and therefore, these pathways represent a potential target for diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. The objective of this study was to determine the pattern of expression for apoptotic genes in the oviduct of the naturally cycling mouse, generating fundamental information that can be applied to the development of animal models for research and the identification of targets for disease intervention. Whole oviducts were collected from regular cycling mice killed at 1p.m. on each day of the oestrous cycle and the expression of 84 apoptotic genes determined by targeted PCR super-array. Intact and cleaved caspases were then evaluated by western blotting. The expression of mRNA for genes classified as pro-apoptotic (Bad, Bak1 and Bok) and anti-apoptotic (Bag3, Bnip2 and Xiap) was regulated by day (P<0.05). Differences in the temporal expression of several p53-related genes (Trp53bp2, Trp53inp1 and Trp73), those specific to the TNF superfamily (Tnfrsf10 and Tnfsf10b) and one caspase (Casp14) were also observed (P<0.05). The cleaved forms of Caspases-3, -6 and -12 were all detected throughout the oestrous cycle. These results represent the first pathway-wide analysis of apoptotic gene expression in the murine oviduct.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-644
Number of pages7
JournalReproduction, fertility, and development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2011


  • cell death
  • epithelial cell
  • fallopian tube
  • oestrous cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Developmental Biology


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