JARB Journal of Animal Reproduction and Biotehnology

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Journal of Embryo Transfer 2009; 24(4): 259-263

Published online December 31, 2009

Copyright © The Korean Society of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology.

Identification of Ligand for Salivary Lipocalin Secreted from the Uterine Endometrium during Early Pregnancy in Pigs

Seo, Hee-Won, Kim, Min-Goo, Ka, Hak-Hyun

Division of Biological Science and Technology, Yonsei University, Wonju, 220-710, Republic of Korea

Abstract

Salivary lipocalin (SAL1) is a member of the lipocalin protein family that has a property to associate with many lipophilic molecules and was identified as pheromone-binding protein in pigs. Our previous study has shown that SAL1 is expressed in the uterine endometrium in a cell type- and implantation stage-specific manner and secreted into the uterine lumen in pigs. However, function of SAL1 in the uterus during pregnancy in pigs is still not known. To understand physiological function of SAL1 in the uterine endometrium during pregnancy in pigs, it needs to elucidate the ligand(s) for SAL1. Thus, to identify the ligand for SAL1 in the porcine uterus, we collected uterine luminal fluid from pigs on day 12 of pregnancy by flushing with PBS. Proteins from the uterine luminal fluid were separated by ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. Fractions containing SAL1 protein were pooled and concentrated. Immunoblot analysis confirmed successful purification of SAL1. Then, we extracted lipids from the purified SAL1 protein and analyzed the lipids by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and predicted to be steroid hormones and prostaglandins as SAL1 ligands. Results in this study showed that SAL1 protein in the uterine secretions has a small lipophilic molecule as a natural ligand. Further characterization of ligand extracted from purified SAL1 will be useful for understanding physiological function of SAL1 during pregnancy and its application to increase the pregnancy rate in pigs.

Keywords: Pig, Uterus, Endometrium, Implantation, SAL1

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Journal of Embryo Transfer 2009; 24(4): 259-263

Published online December 31, 2009

Copyright © The Korean Society of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology.

Identification of Ligand for Salivary Lipocalin Secreted from the Uterine Endometrium during Early Pregnancy in Pigs

Seo, Hee-Won, Kim, Min-Goo, Ka, Hak-Hyun

Division of Biological Science and Technology, Yonsei University, Wonju, 220-710, Republic of Korea

Abstract

Salivary lipocalin (SAL1) is a member of the lipocalin protein family that has a property to associate with many lipophilic molecules and was identified as pheromone-binding protein in pigs. Our previous study has shown that SAL1 is expressed in the uterine endometrium in a cell type- and implantation stage-specific manner and secreted into the uterine lumen in pigs. However, function of SAL1 in the uterus during pregnancy in pigs is still not known. To understand physiological function of SAL1 in the uterine endometrium during pregnancy in pigs, it needs to elucidate the ligand(s) for SAL1. Thus, to identify the ligand for SAL1 in the porcine uterus, we collected uterine luminal fluid from pigs on day 12 of pregnancy by flushing with PBS. Proteins from the uterine luminal fluid were separated by ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. Fractions containing SAL1 protein were pooled and concentrated. Immunoblot analysis confirmed successful purification of SAL1. Then, we extracted lipids from the purified SAL1 protein and analyzed the lipids by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and predicted to be steroid hormones and prostaglandins as SAL1 ligands. Results in this study showed that SAL1 protein in the uterine secretions has a small lipophilic molecule as a natural ligand. Further characterization of ligand extracted from purified SAL1 will be useful for understanding physiological function of SAL1 during pregnancy and its application to increase the pregnancy rate in pigs.

Keywords: Pig, Uterus, Endometrium, Implantation, SAL1