Cytosolic progesterone receptors in the oviducts of reproductively active and quiescent turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).

W. C. Yu, M E Elhalawani, S. C. Fehrer, B. S. Leung

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Cytosolic progesterone receptors (PRcs) from the reproductive tract of the female turkey were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography using a diethylaminoethyl (DEAE) ion-exchange column. PRcs from oviduct tissue of laying, incubating, photorefractory and short-day turkey hens were compared. In general, three types of PRcs were identified: Receptor I, a partially displaceable species that was eluted at a 0.13 M salt concentration; and Receptors II and III, which were two specific binding species eluting at 0.23 M and 0.26 M, respectively. In the subdivided tissue from the laying hen oviduct, Receptor I was the major PRc species of the isthmus and Receptor III was the only receptor present in the uterus. The infundibulum and magnum each contained a small amount of Receptor II and a substantial amount of Receptor III. The whole oviduct of incubating hens contained a greater proportion of Receptor I than Receptor II or III, and these last two receptor types were present in equal quantity. The whole oviduct of the short-day hens had an equal distribution of the three receptor types. In the presence of sodium molybdate, an inhibitor of phosphatase and protease, only one sharp Receptor II species was seen in the magnum and uterus of the laying hen oviduct and in the whole oviducts of incubating and short-day hens. The transformation of Receptor II to Receptor III in the absence of sodium molybdate was facilitated by the aging of cytosol at 0-4 degrees C.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-831
Number of pages9
JournalBiology of reproduction
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1987


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