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See detailLaser-induced choroidal neovascularization model to study age-related macular degeneration in mice.
LAMBERT, Vincent ULg; Lecomte, Julie ULg; Hansen, Sylvain ULg et al

in Nature Protocols (2013), 8(11), 2197-2211

The mouse model of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) has been used extensively in studies of the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This experimental in vivo model ... [more ▼]

The mouse model of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) has been used extensively in studies of the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This experimental in vivo model relies on laser injury to perforate Bruch's membrane, resulting in subretinal blood vessel recruitment from the choroid. By recapitulating the main features of the exudative form of human AMD, this assay has served as the backbone for testing antiangiogenic therapies. This standardized protocol can be applied to transgenic mice and can include treatments with drugs, recombinant proteins, antibodies, adenoviruses and pre-microRNAs to aid in the search for new molecular regulators and the identification of novel targets for innovative treatments. This robust assay requires 7-14 d to complete, depending on the treatment applied and whether immunostaining is performed. This protocol includes details of how to induce CNV, including laser induction, lesion excision, processing and different approaches to quantify neoformed vasculature. [less ▲]

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See detailMiR-146a an angiostatic miRNA elevated in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

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See detailMiR-146a: an angiostatic miRNA with tumor-suppressive properties
Halkein, Julie ULg; Bovy, Nicolas ULg; Castermans, Karolien et al

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See detailMiR-146a an angiostatic miRNA elevated in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

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See detailMiR-146a an angiostatic miRNA elevated in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

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See detailDentin Matrix Protein 1 induces membrane expression of VE-cadherin on endothelial cells and inhibits VEGF-induced angiogenesis by blocking VEGFR-2 phosphorylation.
Pirotte, Sophie ULg; Lamour, Virginie ULg; Lambert, Vincent ULg et al

in Blood (2011), 117(8), 2515-26

Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is a member of the Small Integrin-Binding LIgand N-linked Glycoproteins (SIBLINGs) family, a group of proteins initially described as mineralized extracellular matrices ... [more ▼]

Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is a member of the Small Integrin-Binding LIgand N-linked Glycoproteins (SIBLINGs) family, a group of proteins initially described as mineralized extracellular matrices components. More recently, SIBLINGs have been implicated in several key steps of cancer progression, including angiogenesis. Although pro-angiogenic activities have been demonstrated for two SIBLINGs, the role of DMP1 in angiogenesis has not been addressed yet. We demonstrated that this extracellular matrix protein induced the expression of VE-cadherin, a key regulator of intercellular junctions and contact inhibition of growth of endothelial cells that is also known to modulate VEGFR-2 activity, the major high affinity receptor for VEGF. DMP1 induced VE-cadherin and p27(Kip1) expression followed by cell cycle arrest in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in a CD44-dependent manner. VEGF-induced proliferation, migration and tubulogenesis responses were specifically blocked upon DMP1 pre-treatment of HUVEC. Indeed, subsequently to VE-cadherin induction, DMP1 inhibited VEGFR-2 phosphorylation and Src-mediated signaling. However, DMP1 did not interfere with bFGF-induced angiogenesis. In vivo, DMP1 significantly reduced laser-induced choroidal neovascularization lesions and tumor-associated angiogenesis. These data enable us to put DMP1 on the angiogenic chessboard for the first time and to identify this protein as a new specific inhibitor of VEGF-induced angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroRNA-21 Exhibits Antiangiogenic Function by Targeting RhoB Expression in Endothelial Cells.
Sabatel, Céline; Malvaux, Ludovic ULg; Bovy, Nicolas ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(2), 16979

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenously expressed small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. The recent discovery of the involvement of these RNAs in the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenously expressed small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. The recent discovery of the involvement of these RNAs in the control of angiogenesis renders them very attractive in the development of new approaches for restoring the angiogenic balance. Whereas miRNA-21 has been demonstrated to be highly expressed in endothelial cells, the potential function of this miRNA in angiogenesis has never been investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We first observed in endothelial cells a negative regulation of miR-21 expression by serum and bFGF, two pro-angiogenic factors. Then using in vitro angiogenic assays, we observed that miR-21 acts as a negative modulator of angiogenesis. miR-21 overexpression reduced endothelial cell proliferation, migration and the ability of these cells to form tubes whereas miR-21 inhibition using a LNA-anti-miR led to opposite effects. Expression of miR-21 in endothelial cells also led to a reduction in the organization of actin into stress fibers, which may explain the decrease in cell migration. Further mechanistic studies showed that miR-21 targets RhoB, as revealed by a decrease in RhoB expression and activity in miR-21 overexpressing cells. RhoB silencing impairs endothelial cell migration and tubulogenesis, thus providing a possible mechanism for miR-21 to inhibit angiogenesis. Finally, the therapeutic potential of miR-21 as an angiogenesis inhibitor was demonstrated in vivo in a mouse model of choroidal neovascularization. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results identify miR-21 as a new angiogenesis inhibitor and suggest that inhibition of cell migration and tubulogenesis is mediated through repression of RhoB. [less ▲]

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See detailMixed origin of neovascularization of human endometrial grafts in immunodeficient mouse models
Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg; Frankenne, F.; Galant, C. et al

in Human Reproduction (2009), 24(9), 2217-24

BACKGROUND: In vivo mouse models have been developed to study the physiology of normal and pathologic endometrium. Although angiogenesis is known to play an important role in endometrial physiology and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In vivo mouse models have been developed to study the physiology of normal and pathologic endometrium. Although angiogenesis is known to play an important role in endometrial physiology and pathology, the origin of neovasculature in xenografts remains controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the origin of the neovasculature of endometrial grafts in different mouse models. METHODS: Human proliferative endometrium (n = 19 women) was grafted s.c. in two immunodeficient mouse strains: nude (n = 8) and severely compromised immunodeficient (SCID; n = 20). Mice were also treated with estradiol, progesterone or levonorgestrel. Fluorescence in-situ hybridization using a centromeric human chromosome X probe, immunohistochemistry (von Willebrand factor and collagen IV) and lectin perfusion were performed to identify the origin of the vessels. RESULTS: More than 90% of vessels within xenografts were of human origin 4 weeks after implantation. Some vessels (9.67 +/- 2.01%) were successively stained by human or mouse specific markers, suggesting the presence of chimeric vessels exhibiting a succession of human and murine portions. No difference in staining was observed between the two strains of mouse or different hormone treatments. Furthermore, erythrocytes were found inside human vessels, confirming their functionality. CONCLUSION: This article shows that human endometrial grafts retain their own vessels, which connect to the murine vasculature coming from the host tissue and become functional. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of an animal experimental model to study the effects of levonorgestrel on the human endometrium.
Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg; Galant, C.; Frankenne, F. et al

in Human Reproduction (2009), 24(3), 697-704

BACKGROUND: This study was designed to develop an animal model to test the response of endometrium to local progestin delivery. METHODS: Proliferative human endometrium was subcutaneously grafted in two ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This study was designed to develop an animal model to test the response of endometrium to local progestin delivery. METHODS: Proliferative human endometrium was subcutaneously grafted in two groups of SCID mice that received, 2 days before, a subcutaneous estradiol (E2) pellet and, for half of them, an additional implant of levonorgestrel (LNG). Mice were sacrificed 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks after endometrial implantation and grafts were histologically analysed. Proliferation, steroid hormone receptors, blood vessels and stromal decidualization in both groups (E2 and LNG) were immunohistologically evaluated and compared with proliferative endometrium and endometrium from women with an LNG intrauterine device. RESULTS: Grafts presented normal morphological endometrial characteristics. The expression of progesterone receptors was significantly decreased in glands and stroma of the LNG group as compared with the E2 group at all times. A significant decrease was also observed in the stromal expression of estrogen receptor- in the LNG group. At 4 weeks, the mean cross-sectional area of vessels was significantly higher after LNG treatment. CONCLUSIONS: These morphological and immunohistochemical characteristics are similar to those observed in women treated with local LNG. This mouse model might facilitate further investigations needed to understand the mechanisms responsible for the breakthrough bleeding frequently observed in progestin users. [less ▲]

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See detailADAMTS-1 metalloproteinase induces a stromal reaction and propotes tumor development in mice.
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; Quesada Calvo, Florence ULg et al

in Cancer Research (2008), 68(22), 9541-50

ADAMTS-1 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs), the first described member of the ADAMTS family, is differentially expressed in various tumors. However, its exact role in tumor ... [more ▼]

ADAMTS-1 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs), the first described member of the ADAMTS family, is differentially expressed in various tumors. However, its exact role in tumor development and progression is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ADAMTS-1 transfection in a bronchial epithelial tumor cell line (BZR) and its potential to modulate tumor development. ADAMTS-1 overexpression did not affect in vitro cell properties such as (a) proliferation in two-dimensional culture, (b) proliferation in three-dimensional culture, (c) anchorageindependent growth in soft agar, (d) cell migration and invasion in modified Boyden chamber assay, (e) angiogenesis in the aortic ring assay, and (f) cell apoptosis. In contrast, ADAMTS-1 stable transfection in BZR cells accelerated the in vivo tumor growth after s.c. injection into severe combined immunodeficient mice. It also promoted a stromal reaction characterized by myofibroblast infiltration and excessive matrix deposition. These features are, however, not observed in tumors derived from cells overexpressing a catalytically inactive mutant of ADAMTS-1. Conditioned media from ADAMTS-1–overexpressing cells display a potent chemotactic activity toward fibroblasts. ADAMTS-1 overexpression in tumors was associated with increased production of matrix metalloproteinase-13, fibronectin, transforming growth factor B (TGF-B), and interleukin-1B (IL-1B). Neutralizing antibodies against TGF-B and IL-1B blocked the chemotactic effect of medium conditioned by ADAMTS-1–expressing cells on fibroblasts, showing the contribution of these factors in ADAMTS-1–induced stromal reaction. In conclusion, we propose a new paradigm for catalytically active ADAMTS-1 contribution to tumor development, which consists of the recruitment of fibroblasts involved in tumor growth and tumor-associated stroma remodeling. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenèse de l'endométriose
Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg; Colombo, M. et al

in Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité (2007), 35(9), 898-903

Endometriosis, defined by the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, is a benign disease responsible for infertility and pelvic pain. The diagnosis based on a detailed gynecological history ... [more ▼]

Endometriosis, defined by the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, is a benign disease responsible for infertility and pelvic pain. The diagnosis based on a detailed gynecological history and a careful clinical examination should be done as early as possible in order to treat patients correctly. Medical treatment is not appropriate in all cases and surgical treatment should be proposed but morbidity is related to the severity of the lesion. Ectopic implantation of endometrial cells needs complex interactions between host tissue and epithelial endometrial cells. The conditions for the development of endometriosis are estrogeno-dependent growth of endometrial cells, induction of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. Principal cellular and molecular factors of angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis and fibrosis should be identified in order to develop new therapeutic strategies of endometriosis. [less ▲]

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See detailEndometriosis: from research to clinical practice
Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg; Colombo, M. et al

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2007), 162(5-6), 263-72

Endometriosis, defined by the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, is a benign disease responsible for infertility and pelvic pain. The diagnosis based on a detailed gynaecological ... [more ▼]

Endometriosis, defined by the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, is a benign disease responsible for infertility and pelvic pain. The diagnosis based on a detailed gynaecological history and a careful clinical examination should be done as early as possible in order to treat patients correctly. Medical treatment is not appropriate in all cases and surgical treatment should be proposed but morbidity is related to the severity of the lesion. Ectopic implantation of endometrial cells needs complex interactions between host tissue and epithelial endometrial cells. The conditions for the development of endometriosis are oestrogeno-dependent growth of endometrial cells, induction of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. Principal cellular and molecular factors of angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis and fibrosis should be identified in order to develop new therapeutic strategies of endometriosis. [less ▲]

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See detailTumoral and choroidal vascularization: differential cellular mechanisms involving plasminogen activator inhibitor type I.
Jost, Maud; Maillard, Catherine ULg; Lecomte, Julie ULg et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2007), 171(4), 1369-80

An adequate balance between serine proteases and their plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is critical for pathological angiogenesis. PAI-1 deficiency in mice is associated with impaired choroidal ... [more ▼]

An adequate balance between serine proteases and their plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is critical for pathological angiogenesis. PAI-1 deficiency in mice is associated with impaired choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and tumoral angiogenesis. In the present work, we demonstrate unexpected differences in the contribution of bone marrow (BM)-derived cells in these two processes regulated by PAI-1. PAI-1(-/-) mice grafted with BM-derived from wild-type mice were able to support laser-induced CNV formation but not skin carcinoma vascularization. Engraftment of irradiated wild-type mice with PAI-1(-/-) BM prevented CNV formation, demonstrating the crucial role of PAI-1 delivered by BM-derived cells. In contrast, the transient infiltration of tumor transplants by local PAI-1-producing host cells rather than by BM cells was sufficient to rescue tumor growth and angiogenesis in PAI-1-deficient mice. These data identify PAI-1 as a molecular determinant of a local permissive soil for tumor angiogenesis. Altogether, the present study demonstrates that different cellular mechanisms contribute to PAI-1-regulated tumoral and CNV. PAI-1 contributes to BM-dependent choroidal vascularization and to BM-independent tumor growth and angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailEarlier onset of tumoral anglogenesis in matrix metalloproteinase-19-deficient mice
Jost, M.; Folgueras, A. R.; Frerart, F. et al

in Cancer Research (2006), 66(10), 5234-5241

Among matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), MMP-19 displays unique structural features and tissue distribution. In contrast to most MMPs, MMP-19 is expressed in normal human epidermis and down-regulated during ... [more ▼]

Among matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), MMP-19 displays unique structural features and tissue distribution. In contrast to most MMPs, MMP-19 is expressed in normal human epidermis and down-regulated during malignant transformation and dedifferentiation. The contribution of MMP-19 during tumor angiogenesis is presently unknown. In an attempt to give new insights into MMP-19 in vivo functions, angiogenic response of mutant mice lacking MMP-19 was analyzed after transplantation of murine malignant PDVA keratinocytes and after injection of Matrigel supplemented with basic fibroblast growth factor. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis revealed that MMP-19 is produced by host mesenchymal cells but not by endothelial capillary cells or CD11b-positive inflammatory cells. Based on a new computer-assisted method of quantification, we provide evidence that host MMP-19 deficiency was associated with an increased early angiogenic response. In addition, increased tumor invasion was observed in MMP-19-/- mice. We conclude that, in contrast to most MMPs that promote tumor progression, MMP-19 is a negative regulator of early steps of tumor angiogenesis and invasion. These data highlight the requirement to understand the individual functions of each MMP to improve anticancer strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytically-inactive human cathepsin D triggers fibroblast invasive growth.
Laurent-Matha, V.; Maruani-Herrmann; Glondu, M. et al

in Journal of Cell Biology (2005), 168(3), 489-99

The aspartyl-protease cathepsin D (cath-D) is overexpressed and hypersecreted by epithelial breast cancer cells and stimulates their proliferation. As tumor epithelial–fibroblast cell interactions are ... [more ▼]

The aspartyl-protease cathepsin D (cath-D) is overexpressed and hypersecreted by epithelial breast cancer cells and stimulates their proliferation. As tumor epithelial–fibroblast cell interactions are important events in cancer progression, we investigated whether cath-D overexpression affects also fibroblast behavior. We demonstrate a requirement of cath-D for fibroblast invasive growth using a three-dimensional (3D) coculture assay with cancer cells secreting or not pro-cath-D. Ectopic expression of cath-D in cath-D–deficient fibroblasts stimulates 3D outgrowth that is associated with a significant increase in fibroblast proliferation, survival, motility, and invasive capacity, accompanied by activation of the ras–MAPK pathway. Interestingly, all these stimulatory effects on fibroblasts are independent of cath-D proteolytic activity. Finally, we show that pro-cath-D secreted by cancer cells is captured by fibroblasts and partially mimics effects of transfected cath-D. We conclude that cath-D is crucial for fibroblast invasive outgrowth and could act as a key paracrine communicator between cancer and stromal cells, independently of its catalytic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailMice without uPA, tPA, or plasminogen genes are resistant to experimental choroidal neovascularization
Rakic, Jean-Marie ULg; Lambert, Vincent ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2003), 44(4), 1732-1739

PURPOSE. To evaluate the presence and potential involvement of members of the plasminogen/plasminogen activator (Plg/PA) system in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE. To evaluate the presence and potential involvement of members of the plasminogen/plasminogen activator (Plg/PA) system in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS. The expression of PA members mRNA was evaluated in human and experimental choroidal neovascularization (CNV) by RT-PCR. The presence and activity of PA was studied by immunofluorescence and in situ zymography. The influence of endogenous plasminogen (Plg), urokinase (uPA), tissue type plasminogen activator (tPA), and uPA receptor (uPAR) was explored in single-gene-deficient mice in a model of laser-induced CNV. RESULTS. Members of the Plg/PA system were present both in human and murine CNV. The absence of Pig, uPA, or tPA significantly decreased the development of experimental CNV compared with wild-type or uPAR-deficient mice. This effect could be attributable, partly to a modulation of matrix metalloproteinase activity, but also to an accumulation of fibrinogen-fibrin in the laser-induced wounds. CONCLUSIONS. Together with previous work done by the authors, this study indicates that choroidal neovascularization is extremely sensitive to the modulation of Plg/PA system activity. This may provide a new strategy for the treatment of exudative AMD. [less ▲]

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See detailProliferative generation of mammalian auditory hair cells in culture
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Mechanisms of Development (2002), 112(1-2), 79-88

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See detailPrivate Multiple Congenital Anomaly Syndromes May Result from Unbalanced Subtle Translocations: T(2q;4p) Explains the Lambotte Syndrome
Herens, Christian ULg; Jamar, Mauricette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics (1997), 73(2), 127-31

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating ... [more ▼]

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating [Verloes et al., Am J Med Genet 1990; 37:119-123]. Major manifestations included intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), microcephaly, large soft pinnae, hypertelorism, beaked nose, and extremely severe neurologic impairment, with holoprosencephaly in one instance. After the observation of a further affected child born of one unaffected sister, in situ hybridization analysis and chromosome painting techniques demonstrated a subtle t(2;4)(q37.1; p16.2) translocation in the mother, suggesting a combination of 2q/4p trisomy/monosomy in all of the affected children of the family. Many private sporadic or recurrent MCA/MR syndromes maybe due to similar symmetric translocations, undetectable by conventional banding techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous Glutamate Involvement in Pulsatile Secretion of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone: Evidence from Effect of Glutamine and Developmental Changes
Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg; Gerard, Arlette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in Endocrinology (1995), 136(3), 911-6

The secretion of GnRH can be stimulated by glutamate (GLU) and GLU agonists, whereas GLU receptor antagonists inhibit GnRH. Using 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine (DON), an inhibitor of glutaminase, we aimed to ... [more ▼]

The secretion of GnRH can be stimulated by glutamate (GLU) and GLU agonists, whereas GLU receptor antagonists inhibit GnRH. Using 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine (DON), an inhibitor of glutaminase, we aimed to study the involvement of endogenous GLU in GnRH secretion through the effects of impaired GLU biosynthesis from its precursor glutamine (GLN). GnRH secretion by hypothalamic explants of male rats, aged 15 and 50 days, was compared, because the frequency of spontaneous GnRH secretory pulses showed a 2-fold increase between those two ages. Using explants of 50-day-old rats, GLN elicited GnRH secretion in a similar dose-related manner as GLU. DON prevented GLN-evoked secretion of GnRH, whereas the effect of GLU was not altered. DON also markedly inhibited spontaneous pulsatile secretion of GnRH and the secretory response to veratridine, a Na+ channel opener. The inhibitory effect of DON on veratridine-evoked secretion of GnRH was directly related to the duration of exposure to DON and the frequency of GnRH secretory episodes. Using explants of 15-day-old rats, GLN could elicit GnRH release, although this response was lower than GLU-evoked secretion of GnRH. The DON concentrations required for inhibition of veratridine-evoked secretion of GnRH were lower at 15 days than at 50 days. These data indicate that 1) GLU biosynthesis from GLN is a prerequisite to the physiological mechanism of pulsatile GnRH secretion; and 2) inhibition of veratridine- or GLN-induced secretion of GnRH requires higher DON concentrations after the onset of puberty than before. This suggests that glutaminase, the enzyme controlling GLU biosynthesis from GLN, shows increased activity after the onset of puberty when the frequency of pulsatile GnRH secretion is increased as well. [less ▲]

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