Porcine conceptus and endometrial retinoid-binding proteins. Academic Article uri icon


  • Porcine conceptus secretory proteins were obtained from medium in which pig conceptuses, collected on Day 15 of pregnancy, were cultured for 30 h. Culture medium was pooled, dialysed and concentrated by Amicon ultrafiltration for retinol and retinoic acid (RA) binding studies. Proteins in the 20-kDa range, conceptus-secreted retinol-binding protein (RBP), bound both [3H]retinol and [3H]RA specifically. Cross-competition experiments indicate that [3H]RA was completely displaced with excess cold retinol; however, excess cold RA did not completely displace [3H]retinol, suggesting that conceptus RBP has greater affinity for retinol than RA. Cellular RBP and retinoic acid receptor (RAR)-alpha and RAR-gamma mRNA transcripts (0.7 kb; 3.8 and 2.8 kb; 3.4 kb respectively) were detected in poly (A)+ RNA isolated from Day-15 conceptus, Day-15 pregnant endometrium, late pregnant myometrium and late pregnant fetal tissues of pigs by Northern blot analysis. RAR-alpha and RAR-gamma immunoreactive proteins were detected in extracts of Day-15 conceptus, Day-15 pregnant endometrium and late pregnant fetal tissues by Western blot analysis. Collectively, results indicate that biochemical molecules required for retinoid transport, metabolism and regulatory effects are present in porcine conceptus and endometrial tissues during early pregnancy in swine.

published proceedings

  • Reprod Fertil Dev

author list (cited authors)

  • Harney, J. P., Ali, M., Vedeckis, W. V., & Bazer, F. W.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Harney, JP||Ali, M||Vedeckis, WV||Bazer, FW

publication date

  • January 1994