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SANTOS, Joabel Tonellotto dos et al. Angiotensin-(1-7) during the initial process of ovulatory cascade in cattle. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2012, vol.42, n.10, pp. 1876-1881. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782012001000026.
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Ang-(1-7) and its receptor (MAS) in the regulation of the ovulatory cascade. In the experiment I, the effect of Ang-(1-7) or d-Ala7-Ang-(1-7) (A-779; Ang-(1-7) antagonist) on the epirregulin (Ereg; initial marker of ovulation process) mRNA expression in granulosa cells was assessed using an in vitro model of follicular cell culture. In experiment II, it was used an in vivo intrafollicular injection model, in which twenty cows had their follicular waves synchronized and the ovarian follicular size was daily monitored by ultrasound. Follicles that reached a minimum diameter of 12mm were injected with A-779 or saline 0.9%. At the time of the intrafollicular injection, cows were challenged with an intramuscular application of GnRH analogue. Ang-(1-7) or the blockade of its receptor MAS had no effect in Ereg mRNA expression in granulosa cells cultured in vitro. Likewise, the intrafollicular injection of MAS receptor inhibitor (10-5M of A-779) did not block ovulation before the expected time of LH peak (100% of the cows ovulated after GnRH challenge in the treatment and control groups), suggesting that Ang-(1-7) has no role in the early ovulatory cascade in cattle.
Keywords : angiotensin (1-7); ovulation; MAS receptor; ACE2; bovine.