Ran Huo

Royal Society of Chemistry, Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom

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    ABSTRACT: Ovarian physiology and pathology are important areas of scientific research. Efforts have been made to identify the ovary-related transcriptomes in different species. However, the proteomic studies are limited. The rhesus monkey is very similar to humans, and it is widely used in the study of reproductive biology and medicine. In this study, using an optimized proteomics platform, we successfully identified 5723 rhesus ovarian proteins, of which 4325 proteins were consistently identified in all three replicates and with at least 2 unique peptides. The 4325 proteins were chosen for further analysis. Through gene ontology and pathway analyses, we obtained a preliminary understanding of the function of these proteins. A random immunohistochemistry analysis was used to determine the expression of proteins in various cell types. By comparing the genes identified in this study with genes that were reported to have relatively high levels of expression in human oocytes, we obtained genes that were predicted to play roles in maintenance of normal ovarian physiology. Searching the identified genes from this study against the MGI database gave us a list of proteins those exist in the rhesus monkey ovary and are important for female mouse reproduction as well. The overlap of genes in this study and the genes whose abnormal expression or dysfunction were reported to be associated with human polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and premature ovarian failure (POF) prompted us to use the rhesus monkey to study these two common causes of female infertility. This study may provide a basis for future studies of human reproductive disorders using the rhesus monkey as a model.
    Molecular BioSystems 01/2014; · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many pregnant women suffer miscarriages during early gestation, but the description of these early pregnancy losses (EPL) can be somewhat confusing because of the complexities of early development. Thus, the identification of proteins with different expression profiles related to early pregnancy loss is essential for understanding the comprehensive pathophysiological mechanism. In this study, we report a gel-free tandem mass tags- (TMT-) labeling based proteomic analysis of five placental villous tissues from patients with early pregnancy loss and five from normal pregnant women. The application of this method resulted in the identification of 3423 proteins and 19647 peptides among the patient group and the matched normal control group. Qualitative and quantitative proteomic analysis revealed 51 proteins to be differentially abundant between the two groups (>/=1.2-fold, Student's t-test, P < 0.05). To obtain an overview of the biological functions of the proteins whose expression levels altered significantly in EPL group, gene ontology analysis was performed. We also investigated the twelve proteins with a difference over 1.5-fold using pathways analysis. Our results demonstrate that the gel-free TMT-based proteomic approach allows the quantification of differences in protein expression levels, which is useful for obtaining molecular insights into early pregnancy loss.
    Biomed Res Int. 01/2014; 2014:647143.
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    ABSTRACT: In the mammalian ovary, primordial follicles are generated early in life and remain dormant for prolonged periods. Their growth resumes via primordial follicle activation and they continue to grow until the preovulatory stage under the regulation of hormones and growth factors, such as estrogen, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). Both FSH and IGF-I activate the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in granulosa cells (GCs), yet it remains inconclusive whether the PI3K pathway is crucial for follicle growth. In this study, we investigated the p110δ-isoform (encoded by the Pik3cd gene) of PI3K catalytic subunit expression in the mouse ovary and its function in fertility. Pik3cd null females were subfertile, exhibited fewer growing follicles and more atretic antral follicles in the ovary, and responded poorly to exogenous gonadotropins compared to controls. Ovary transplantation showed that Pik3cd null ovaries responded poorly to FSH stimulation in vitro; this confirmed that the follicle growth defect was intrinsically ovarian. In addition, estradiol (E2)-stimulated follicle growth and GC proliferation in preantral follicles was impaired in Pik3cd null ovaries. FSH and E2 substantially activated the PI3K/Akt pathway in GCs of control mice, but not in those of Pik3cd null mice. However, primordial follicle activation and oocyte meiotic maturation were not affected by Pik3cd knockout. Taken together, our findings indicate that the p110δ-isoform of the PI3K catalytic subunit is a key component of the PI3K pathway for both FSH and E2-stimulated follicle growth in ovarian granulosa cells; however, it is not required for primordial follicle activation and oocyte development.
    Molecular Endocrinology 07/2013; · 4.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: RING box protein-1 (RBX1) is an essential component of Skp1-cullin-F-box protein (SCF) E3 ubiquitin ligase and participates in diverse cellular processes by targeting various substrates for degradation. However, the physiological function of RBX1 in mouse oocyte maturation remains unknown. Here, we examined the expression, localization and function of RBX1 during mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. Immunofluorescence analysis showed that RBX1 displayed dynamic distribution during the maturation process: it localized around and migrated along with the spindle and condensed chromosomes. Rbx1 knockdown with the appropriate siRNAs led to a decreased rate of first polar body extrusion and most oocytes were arrested at metaphase I. Moreover, downregulation of Rbx1 caused accumulation of Emi1, an inhibitor of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C), which is required for mouse meiotic maturation. In addition, we found apparently increased expression of the homologue disjunction-associated protein securin and cyclin B1, which are substrates of APC/C E3 ligase and need to be degraded for meiotic progression. These results indicate the essential role of the SCF(βTrCP)-EMI1-APC/C axis in mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. In conclusion, we provide evidence for the indispensable role of RBX1 in mouse oocyte meiotic maturation.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(7):e68964. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Global transcriptional silencing in fully grown oocytes is a critical event during mammalian oogenesis. However, how this event is regulated remains elusive. Here, we provide evidence that poly(rC)-binding protein 1 (PCBP1), a protein found by us previously to be present in metaphase II (MII) mouse oocytes, participates in maintenance of the transcriptionally silent state in fully grown mouse oocytes. Knocking down Pcbp1 by microinjection of its specific siRNAs into fully grown germinal vesicle (GV) oocytes resulted in remarkable changes in their transcriptional state, including the disequilibrium between the number of oocytes with an NSN (non-surrounded nucleolus) and those with a SN (surrounded nucleolus), and obvious transcriptional reactiviation in oocytes with a SN configuration as evidenced by BrUTP incorporation assay and immunofluorescent labeling of phosphorylated RNA polymerase II CTD and trimethylated H3 lysine 4, markers for active transcription. Furthermore, in a comprehensive microarray analysis of the preovulatory oocyte transcriptome, an incredible number of nearly 4,000 transcripts were upregulated in the Pcbp1 knockdown groups. These data indicate that lack of the function of PCBP1 disrupts the quiescent status of transcription in the fully grown oocytes, and hence supporting a role of this protein in the regulation of global transcriptional silcencing in fully grown mouse oocytes.
    Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 08/2012; 11(15):2833-42. · 5.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one type of diabetes that presents during pregnancy and significantly increases the risk of a number of adverse consequences for the fetus and mother. The microRNAs (miRNA) have recently been demonstrated to abundantly and stably exist in serum and to be potentially disease-specific. However, no reported study investigates the associations between serum miRNA and GDM. We systematically used the TaqMan Low Density Array followed by individual quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays to screen miRNAs in serum collected at 16-19 gestational weeks. The expression levels of three miRNAs (miR-132, miR-29a and miR-222) were significantly decreased in GDM women with respect to the controls in similar gestational weeks in our discovery evaluation and internal validation, and two miRNAs (miR-29a and miR-222) were also consistently validated in two-centric external validation sample sets. In addition, the knockdown of miR-29a could increase Insulin-induced gene 1 (Insig1) expression level and subsequently the level of Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxy Kinase2 (PCK2) in HepG2 cell lines. Serum miRNAs are differentially expressed between GDM women and controls and could be candidate biomarkers for predicting GDM. The utility of miR-29a, miR-222 and miR-132 as serum-based non-invasive biomarkers warrants further evaluation and optimization.
    PLoS ONE 01/2011; 6(8):e23925. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epigenetic regulation is considered one of the most important mechanisms by which changes in gene expression occur without changes in the underlying DNA sequence. More and more studies have shown that this kind of regulation plays a very important role during the process of early embryonic development. Methylation of histones is a special process in epigenetic regulations that plays a dual role: some activate gene expression, while some inhibit it; trimethylation of histone 3 lysine 4 has been shown to be a marker of gene expression activation. Previous research has led us to focus on the role of WDR82, which has been shown to recognize a subunit in the methyltransferases complex that catalyzes H3K4me3 in early embryonic development. Although it has been shown that a defect in WDR82 causes dysfunction of SETD1A/SETD1B and results in loss of H3K4me3 in human cell lines, the exact role of WDR82 in the methyltransferases complex during early embryonic development is not clear. Our study has shown that a defect in WDR82 causes dysfunction of SETD1A/SETD1B and affects the normal H3K4me3 status in the transcription start region of POU5F1, which then causes the down-regulation of POU5F1 as well as its downstream factors STAT3/BIRC5, which are responsible for the extremely high apoptotic rates of blastocysts. Finally, the result of a blocked WDR82 consists of stunted embryonic development and death. Thus, WDR82 can be considered a key epigenetic regulation-related factor crucial in the normal growth and development of embryos.
    Biology of Reproduction 12/2010; 84(4):756-64. · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Membrane modifications in sperm cells represent a key step in sperm capacitation; however, the molecular basis of these modifications is not fully understood. Ezrin is the best-studied member of the ezrin/radixin/merlin family. As a cross-linker between the cortical cytoskeleton and plasma membrane proteins, ezrin contributes to remodeling of the membrane surface structure. Furthermore, activated ezrin and the Rho dissociation inhibitor, RhoGDI, promote the formation of cortical cytoskeleton-polymerized actin through Rho activation. Thus, ezrin, actin, RhoGDI, Rho and plasma membrane proteins form a complicated network in vivo, which contributes to the assembly of the structure of the membrane surface. Previously, we showed that ezrin and RhoGDI1 are expressed in human testes. Thus, we sought to determine whether the ezrin-RhoGDI1-actin-membrane protein network has a role in human sperm capacitation. Our results by Western blot indicate that ezrin is activated by phosphorylation of the threonine567 residue during capacitation. Co-immunoprecipitation studies revealed that, during sperm capacitation, the interaction between ezrin and RhoGDI1 increases, and phosphostaining of two dimensional electrophoresis gels showed that RhoGDI1 is phosphorylated, suggesting that RhoGDI1 dissociates from RhoA and leads to actin polymerization on the sperm head. We speculate that activated ezrin interacts with polymerized actin and the glycosylated membrane protein cd44 after capacitation. Blocking sperm capacitation using ezrin- or actin-specific monoclonal antibodies decreases their acrosome reaction (AR) rate, but has no effect on the AR alone. Taken together, our results show that a network consisting of ezrin, RhoGDI1, RhoA, F-actin and membrane proteins functions to influence the modifications that occur on the membrane of the sperm head during human sperm capacitation.
    Asian Journal of Andrology 09/2010; 12(5):667-76. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Spermiogenesis is a unique process in mammals during which haploid round spermatids mature into spermatozoa in the testis. Its successful completion is necessary for fertilization and its malfunction is an important cause of male infertility. Here, we report the high-confidence identification of 2116 proteins in mouse haploid germ cells undergoing spermiogenesis: 299 of these were testis-specific and 155 were novel. Analysis of these proteins showed many proteins possibly functioning in unique processes of spermiogenesis. Of the 84 proteins annotated to be involved in vesicle-related events, VAMP4 was shown to be important for acrosome biogenesis by in vivo knockdown experiments. Knockdown of VAMP4 caused defects of acrosomal vesicle fusion and significantly increased head abnormalities in spermatids from testis and sperm from the cauda epididymis. Analysis of chromosomal distribution of the haploid genes showed underrepresentation on the X chromosome and overrepresentation on chromosome 11, which were due to meiotic sex chromosome inactivation and expansion of testis-expressed gene families, respectively. Comparison with transcriptional data showed translational regulation during spermiogenesis. This characterization of proteins involved in spermiogenesis provides an inventory of proteins useful for understanding the mechanisms of male infertility and may provide candidates for drug targets for male contraception and male infertility.
    Journal of Proteome Research 03/2010; 9(3):1246-56. · 5.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mature mouse oocyte contains the full complement of maternal proteins required for fertilization, reprogramming, zygotic gene activation (ZGA), and the early stages of embryogenesis. However, due to limitations of traditional proteomics strategies, only a few abundantly expressed proteins have yet been identified. Our laboratory applied a more effective strategy: one-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (1D SDS-PAGE) and reverse-phase liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (RP-LC-MS/MS) were employed to analyze the mature oocyte proteome in depth. Using this high-performance proteomic approach, we successfully identified 625 different proteins from 2700 mature mouse oocytes lacking zona pellucidae. This is the largest catalog of mature mouse oocyte proteins compiled to date. According to their pattern of expression, we screened 76 maternal proteins with high levels of mRNA expression both in oocytes and fertilized eggs. Many well-known maternal effect proteins were included in this subset, including MATER and NPM2. In addition, our mouse oocyte proteome was compared with a recently published mouse embryonic stem cell (ESC) proteome and 371 overlapping proteins were identified. This proteomics analysis will be a valuable resource to aid in the characterization of important maternal proteins involved in oogenesis, fertilization, early embryonic development and in revealing their mechanisms of action.
    BMC Genomics 09/2009; 10:348. · 4.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Compaction, occurring at the eight-cell stage of mouse development, is the process of cell flattening and polarization by which cellular asymmetry is first established. During this process many molecules and organelles undergo polarized distribution, but the cytoskeletal basis for these distribution specifications remains to be explored. The present study focused on cofilin1, an actin-binding protein that depolymerizes actin filaments. We showed that cofilin1 expression decreased at the compaction stage, and that down-regulation of cofilin1 expression by siRNA microinjection accelerated compaction. Continuous observation using time-lapse video miscroscopy confirmed these findings. That is, the embryonic cells microinjected with anti-cofilin1 antibody exhibit earlier adherence properties compared to uninjected cells. Pronuclear microinjection of a site-directed mutated cofilin1 plasmid, in which cofilin1 is sustained in its active form produced embryos with blastomeres that did not adhere, suggesting that inactivation of cofilin1 is critical for cell flattening and adherence. Fluorescein-phalloidin staining indicated that decreased cofilin1 expression promoted the formation of the apical pole, which is a marker for polarity. Scanning electron microscopy results demonstrated the appearance of microvilli on the outer face of blastomeres in cofilin1 knockdown embryos. Our results suggest that cofilin1 plays an important role in cortical cytoplasmic organization during embryo compaction.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 09/2009; 1793(12):1804-10. · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The assembly of primordial follicles early in ovarian development and subsequent transition to primary follicles are critical processes in ovarian biology. Inappropriate coordination of these processes contributes to ovarian pathologies such as premature ovarian failure and infertility. To better understand the molecular mechanisms involved in primordial follicle assembly and development, 2-D PAGE and MALDI-TOF/TOF technologies were used to construct a comparative proteome profile of the immature rat ovary at specific time-points (0, 24, 48, and 72 h postpartum). A total of 154 differential protein spots corresponding to 134 different proteins were definitively identified between any two time-points. Further cluster analysis showed four expression patterns, and each pattern correlated with specific cell processes that occur during early ovarian development. Seven proteins were randomly selected to verify expression patterns using Western blotting, and subsequently immunohistochemistry was performed to further investigate their cellular localization. Additionally, detailed functional analyses of these differentially expressed proteins were performed. Elucidation of how these changes in protein expression level coordinate primordial follicles assembly and development is intended to provide a better understanding of these critical biological processes early in ovarian development and will provide potential therapeutic molecular targets to regulate ovarian function and treat ovarian disease.
    Proteomics 06/2009; 9(13):3425 - 3434. · 4.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), used in clinical practice, is offered to couples that may suffer from a monogenetic disorder, chromosome aneuploidy, or X-linked disease. However, blastomere biopsy, as an indispensable manipulation during the PGD procedure has not been assessed for its long term health implications. Using a mouse model, we investigated the effect of blastomere biopsy of in vitro cultured four-cell embryos on preimplantation development efficiency, postnatal growth, and physiological and behavioral activity compared with control, non-biopsied embryos. The mice generated after blastomere biopsy showed weight increase and some memory decline compared with the control group. Further protein expression profiles in adult brains were analyzed by a proteomics approach. A total of 36 proteins were identified with significant differences between the biopsied and control groups, and the alterations in expression of most of these proteins have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore hypomyelination of the nerve fibers was observed in the brains of mice in the biopsied group. This study suggested that the nervous system may be sensitive to blastomere biopsy procedures and indicated an increased relative risk of neurodegenerative disorders in the offspring generated following blastomere biopsy. Thus, more studies should be performed to address the possible adverse effects of blastomere biopsy on the development of offspring, and the overall safety of PGD technology should be more rigorously assessed.
    Molecular &amp Cellular Proteomics 04/2009; 8(7):1490-500. · 7.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mammalian spermatozoa contain a complex population of mRNAs, some of which have been demonstrated to be translated de novo by mitochondrial-type ribosomes using D-chloramphenicol (CP), a specific inhibitor of mitochondrial translation. However, little is known about the functions of these mRNAs in mature sperm. In the present study, differential proteomic approaches were applied to study sperm protein profiles translated by mitochondrial-type ribosomes using the inhibitor CP and 44 proteins were identified with lower expression in CP-treated sperm in comparison to capacitated sperm (ratio >or= 1.5, p<0.05). Results of Western blot and real-time PCR suggest that four proteins were translated by mitochondrial-type ribosomes. Bioinformatics analysis indicated that 26 of 44 proteins were involved in some critical processes correlated to sperm-egg interaction event. In addition, Mups, whose functions in reproduction have never been studied, were chosen for further study. Our results showed that Mups proteins were localized to the acrosome and flagellum of precapacitated sperm, and were also expressed in the equatorial segment of capacitated sperm. The depletion of Mups using neutralizing antibodies significantly inhibited capacitation in a dose-dependent manner, subsequently inhibited acrosome reaction and sperm-egg fusion. In summary, mitochondrial translation during capacitation can store proteins beneficial for sperm-egg interaction.
    Proteomics 03/2009; 9(5):1385-99. · 4.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The acrosome reaction has long been thought to be induced by the zona pellucida. Here we report the identification and function of a novel human sperm glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane protein, NYD-SP8. The release of the protein during sperm-egg interaction and its binding to the cumulus, the first layer of egg investment, elicits cross-talk between the gametes and produces calcium dependant release of progesterone, which lead to the acrosome reaction. An in vivo mouse model of NYD-SP8 immunization is also established showing a reduced fertility rate. Thus, contrary to accepted dogma, our study demonstrates for the first time that, prior to reaching the zona pellucida, sperm may release a surface protein that acts on the cumulus cells leading to the acrosome reaction, which may be important for determining the outcome of fertilization.
    Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS 02/2009; 66(5):900-8. · 5.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The testis is a unique organ responsible for sperm production and androgen secretion in men. To analyze the human testis proteome on a large scale, 1-D SDS-PAGE and RP-LC-MS/MS were applied and 1430 proteins in the human testis were identified. Both the false-positive rate of peptides and protein identification confidence scores were calculated in the present study. Subsequent bioinformatics analysis of the human testis proteome revealed 39 testis-specific proteins which may be important for testis functions. And a large family of proteins were identified possibly involved in alternative splicing, which may also be involved in testis-specific splicing events and explain why splicing is so prevalent in the testis. Compared with the studies on brain proteome, researches on the testis proteome is still very limited. Studies of these proteins will give a better understanding on the function of the testis. Moreover, this large-scale identification of testis proteins in humans could serve as a reference for future studies on the mechanisms underlying male infertility, searching for potential contraceptive targets, and developing new treatments for testis cancer.
    PROTEOMICS - CLINICAL APPLICATIONS 10/2008; 2(12):1651 - 1657. · 1.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mature oocyte contains the full complement of maternal proteins required for fertilization, the transition to zygotic transcription, and the beginning stages of embryogenesis. Many of these proteins have yet to be characterized. In this study, two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) of mouse metaphase-II (MII) oocyte proteins, stained with silver staining or Pro-Q Diamond dye, was performed to describe the proteome and phosphoproteome of the mouse oocyte derived from ICR mice. A total of 869 selected protein spots, corresponding to 380 unique proteins, were identified successfully by mass spectrometry, in which 90 protein spots representing 53 unique proteins have been stained with Pro-Q Diamond, indicating that they are in phosphorylated forms. All identified proteins were bioinformatically annotated in detail and compared with the embryonic stem cell (ESC) proteome. A proteome reference database for the mouse oocyte was established from the protein data generated in this study, which can be accessed over the Internet ( http://reprod.njmu.edu.cn/2d). This database is the most detailed mouse oocyte proteomic database to date. It should be valuable in expanding our knowledge of the regulation of signaling in oogenesis, fertilization, and embryo development, while revealing potential mechanisms for epigenetic reprogramming.
    Journal of Proteome Research 10/2008; 7(11):4821-30. · 5.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment with injectable testosterone undecanoate (TU) alone or in combination with oral levonorgestrel (LNG) resulted in marked decreases in sperm concentrations. In this study, we used proteomic analyses to examine the cellular/molecular events occurring in the human testis after TU or TU + LNG treatment. We conducted a global proteomic analysis of the human testicular biopsies before and at 2 weeks after TU alone or TU + LNG treatment. Proteins showing significant changes in expression were identified and analyzed. As a result, 17 and 46 protein spots were found with significant differential expression after the treatment with TU alone and TU + LNG, respectively. TU treatment changed the expression of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNP K), proteasome inhibitor PI31 subunit (PSMF1), and superoxide dismutase [Mn] mitochondrial precursor (SOD2). These proteins inhibit "assembly", induce cell death, and promote compensatory "cell survival" in the testis. After TU + LNG treatment, "proliferation/cell survival" and "apoptosis/death" were the predominant responses in the testis. TU + LNG treatment inhibited the expression of Prolyl 4-hydroxylase beta subunit (P4HB) and Annexin A2 (Annexin II). These proteins are involved in apoptosis and cell proliferation, respectively. TU + LNG treatment also enhanced the expression of SOD2 and Parvalbumin alpha (Pvalb). These two proteins may protect testicular cells against apoptosis/death and promote cell survival. In conclusion, TU and TU + LNG treatments suppress spermatogenesis through different pathways by changing the expression of different proteins. hnRNP K, PSMF1, SOD2, P4HB, Annexin II, and Pvalb, are key proteins that may be early molecular targets responsible for spermatogenesis suppression induced by hormone treatment.
    Journal of Proteome Research 10/2008; 7(9):3984-93. · 5.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the expression of Spindlin 1 (Spin 1) isoform2 and assess its function in mouse testis. First, reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to determine whether Spin1 isoform2 is present in mouse testis. Then the expression patterns of the isoform between newborn and adult mice testes were compared by immunoblot analysis. Finally, the diversity of its localization in mice testes at different ages (days 0, 7, 14, 21, 28 and 60) was observed by immunohistochemistry. The localization of the protein in mouse sperm was also investigated by immunofluorescence. The RT-PCR results show that Spin1 isoform2 is present in mouse testis. As shown by immunoblot analysis, the isoform was more highly expressed in adult testes compared with newborn testes. Interestingly, Spin1 isoform2 did not show up in the cytoplasm of primary spermatocytes until day 14. Also, the protein exists at the tail of the mouse sperm. Spin1 isoform2 is a protein expressed highly in adult testis, which might be involved in spermatogenesis and could be necessary for normal sperm motility.
    Asian Journal of Andrology 09/2008; 10(5):741-8. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Spermatogenesis is a complex process of terminal differentiation wherein mature sperm are produced. In the first wave of mouse spermatogenesis, different spermatogenic cells appear at specific time points, and their appearance is expected to be accompanied by changes in specific protein expression patterns. In this study, we used 2D-PAGE and MALDI-TOF/TOF technology to construct a comparative proteome profile for mouse testis at specific time points (days 0, 7, 14, 21, 28, and 60 postpartum). We identified 362 differential protein spots corresponding to 257 different proteins. Further cluster analysis revealed 6 expression patterns, and bioinformatics analysis revealed that each pattern was related to many specific cell processes. Among them, 28 novel proteins with unknown functions neither in somatic cells nor germ cells were identified, 8 of which were found to be uniquely or highly expressed in mouse testes via comparison with the GNF SymAtlas database. Further, we randomly selected 7 protein spots and the above 8 novel proteins to verify the expression pattern via Western blotting and RT-PCR, and 6 proteins with little information in testis were further investigated to explore their cellular localization during spermatogenesis by performing immunohistochemistry for the mouse testis tissue. Taken together, the above results reveal an important proteome profile that is functional during the first wave of mouse spermatogenesis, and they provide a strong basis for further research.
    Journal of Proteome Research 07/2008; 7(8):3435-46. · 5.06 Impact Factor

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342 Citations
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  • 2014
    • Royal Society of Chemistry
      Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
  • 2004–2013
    • Nanjing Medical University
      • Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine
      Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • 2009
    • Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology
      • State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China