Transient ubiquitin cross-reactive protein gene expression in the bovine endometrium. Academic Article uri icon


  • Bovine ubiquitin cross-reactive protein (boUCRP) is secreted by the endometrium from days 15 to 26 of pregnancy in response to conceptus-derived interferon-tau (IFN-tau). We hypothesized that the gene encoding boUCRP was under transcriptional control by the conceptus and IFN-tau. Northern blots using radiolabeled UCRP cDNA revealed a single UCRP transcript of approximately 700 b that was present (P < 0.05) in endometrial cells cultured with 25 nM rboIFN-tau. The UCRP mRNA was not detected in endometrium on days 15, 17, 18 or 19 of the estrous cycle (n = 4 cows on each day) or in spleen, kidney, liver, corpus luteum or muscle. Bovine UCRP mRNA was detectable (P < 0.05) in endometrium from pregnant cows by day 15, reached highest levels by day 17, remained elevated on days 18, 19 and 21, and then declined to amounts on day 26 that were not detectable. Northern blot using radiolabeled ubiquitin cDNA revealed presence of the two major ubiquitin transcripts UbB (1.2 Kb) and UbC (2.6 Kb) in all tissues examined. The bovine UCRP cDNA did not cross-hybridize with these ubiquitin transcripts. We conclude that transcription of the UCRP gene is transient during early pregnancy and regulated by IFN-tau.

published proceedings

  • Endocrinology

author list (cited authors)

  • Hansen, T. R., Austin, K. J., & Johnson, G. A.

citation count

  • 46

complete list of authors

  • Hansen, TR||Austin, KJ||Johnson, GA

publication date

  • November 1997