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Reprod. Nutr. Dev.
Volume 46, Number 2, March-April 2006
Page(s) 179 - 187
Published online 06 April 2006
Reprod. Nutr. Dev. 46 (2006) 179-187
DOI: 10.1051/rnd:2006004

Role of phosphodiesterase in cyclic AMP signaling in cultured rat granulosa cells

Zhengchao Wang, Lingmei Pan, Jinbiao Luo, Hao Wang and Fangxiong Shi

Laboratory of Animal Reproduction, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095 China

(Received 13 October 2005; accepted 5 December 2005; published online 6 April 2006)

Retracted article Reproduction Nutrition Development, 2006, 46 p.461

Abstract - Inactivation of the cyclic nucleotide signal in granulosa cells depends on a complex array of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDE). In order to examine the role of PDE in cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling in granulosa cells, the present study examined the expression of PDE4D proteins and regulation of cAMP-PDE activities in cultured rat granulosa cells. The results of immunoblot analyses showed that two predominant PDE4D subtypes of approximately 80 and 70 kDa appeared when immature rat granulosa cells were treated with FSH. However, these two new subtypes presumed to be PDE4D proteins were not influenced by treatments of DETA/NO, cGMP and PKB inhibitor, LY294002. Immature rat granulosa cells treated with medium alone displayed low cAMP-PDE activity throughout 48 h of culture while those treated with FSH (2 ng·mL-1) showed a marked increase in cAMP-PDE activity between 6 and 12 h of culture, followed by a decline. The findings from the present study indicate that the increased cAMP-PDE activity by FSH is mainly related to the changes of PDE4D protein levels. However, the inhibitory effects of NO on cAMP accumulation in rat granulosa cells are not via the increased cAMP-PDE activity.

Key words: phosphodiesterase / cyclic AMP / granulosa cell / nitric oxide / rat

Corresponding author: Fangxiong Shi

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