Functional roles of agmatinase during the peri-implantation period of pregnancy in sheep. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated the effect of agmatine (Agm) in proliferation of ovine trophecdoderm cells (oTr1) as well as the importance of the arginine decarboxylase (ADC) and agmatinase (AGMAT) alternative pathway for synthesis of polyamines in ovine conceptuses during the peri-implantation period of pregnancy. Morpholino antisense oligonucleotides (MAOs) were used to inhibit translation of mRNAs for ODC1 alone, AGMAT alone, and their combination. Rambouillet ewes (N=50) were assigned randomly to the following treatments on Day 8 of pregnancy: MAO control (n=10); MAO-ODC1 (n=8); MAO-ADC (n=6); MAO-ODC1:MAO-ADC (n=9); or MAO-ODC1:MAO-AGMAT (n=9). Ewes were ovario-hysterectomized on Day 16 of pregnancy to obtain uterine flushings, uterine endometrium, and conceptus tissues. Inhibition of translation of both ODC1 and AGMAT resulted in 22% of ewes having morphologically and functionally normal (elongated and healthy) conceptuses designated MAO-ODC1:MAO-AGMAT (A). But, 78% of the MAO-ODC1:MAO-AGMAT ewes had morphologically and functionally abnormal (not elongated and fragmented) conceptuses designated MAO-ODC1:MAO-AGMAT (B). The pregnancy rate was less (22%; P<0.05) for MAO-ODC1:MAO-AGMAT ewes than for MAO-control (80%), MAO-ODC1 (75%), MAO-ADC (84%), and MAO-ODC1:MAO-ADC (44%) ewes. Moreover, inhibition of translational of both ODC1 and AGMAT mRNAs increased expression of ADC, SLC22A1, SLC22A2, and SLC22A3 mRNAs, as well as abundances of agmatine, putrescine, spermindine, and spermine in conceptus tissue. However, MAO-ODC1:AGMAT(B) ewes had greater abundances of agmatine, putrescine, and spermidine and reduced amounts of spermine in uterine flushes. Thus, in vivo knockdown of translation of ODC1 and AGMAT mRNAs increased expression of genes for the synthesis and transport of polyamines in ovine conceptuses during the peri-implantation period of pregnancy.

published proceedings

  • Amino Acids

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Lenis, Y. Y., Elmetwally, M. A., Tang, W., Satterfield, C., Dunlap, K., Wu, G., & Bazer, F. W.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Lenis, Yasser Y||Elmetwally, Mohammed A||Tang, Wanjin||Satterfield, Carey||Dunlap, Kathrin||Wu, Guoyao||Bazer, Fuller W

publication date

  • February 2018