AQP1 gene expression is up-regulated by arginine vasopressin and cyclic AMP agonist in trophoblast cells

Perinatal Research Laboratories, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David-Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90502, USA.
Life Sciences (Impact Factor: 2.7). 07/2008; 82(25-26):1272-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.lfs.2008.04.014
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Aquaporins (AQPs) are water channels that regulate water flow in many tissues. As AQP1 is a candidate to regulate placental fluid exchange, we sought to investigate the effect of arginine vasopressin (AVP) and cAMP agonists on AQP1 gene expression in first trimester-derived extravillous cytotrophoblasts (HTR-8/Svneo) and two highly proliferative carcinoma trophoblast-like cell lines but with a number of functional features of the syncytiotrophoblast namely; JAR and JEG-3 cells. Our data demonstrated that AVP (0.1 nM) significantly increased the expression of AQP1 mRNA at 10 h in HTR-8/SVneo and JEG-3 cells (P<0.05). Both SP-cAMP, a membrane-permeable and phosphodiesterase resistant cAMP, and forskolin, an adenylate cyclase stimulator significantly increased AQP1 mRNA expression in all cell lines after 2 h in a dose-dependent manner (P<0.05) with a parallel increase in protein expression. In the time course study, 5 microM of either SP-cAMP or forskolin significantly stimulated AQP1 mRNA expression after 2 h in HTR-8/SVneo cells and after 10 h in JAR and JEG-3 cells. AQP1 protein expression was highest after 20 h in both HTR-8/SVneo and JEG-3 cells (P<0.05). AVP-stimulated cAMP elevation was blocked in the presence of 9-(tetrahydro-2'-furyl) adenine (SQ22536) (100 microM), a cell-permeable adenylate cyclase inhibitor (P<0.05). These results indicate that in trophoblasts-like cells AQP1 gene expression is upregulated by both AVP and cAMP agonists. Furthermore, our data demonstrate that a cAMP-dependent pathway is responsible for the AVP effect on AQP1. Thus, modulation of AQP1 expression by maternal hormones may regulate invasion and fetal-placental-amnion water homeostasis during gestation.

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    • "In line with the lung Aqp1 up-regulation reported here, is well known that AP1, SP1 and CREB are selectively activated in pulmonary hypoxia [17] and could be part of the hypoxic response of AQP1. Furthermore, CREB activation by cAMP and binding of this to HBS [47], [48] in the Aqp1 promoter may constitute an alternative explanation for transcriptional regulation of AQP1 by cAMP [49], [50]. "
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    • "In a previous study, we showed that Forskolin (PKA) induces MMP-2 and MMP-9 and trophoblast invasiveness in both JAR cells and 1st trimester trophoblasts [8]. Forskolin has been used also in other studies to induce invasion or invasion-related molecules [19,20]. Additionally, Forskolin/cAMP has been used to induce syncytiotrophoblast formation [21,22]. "
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