Progesterone dose during synchronization treatment alters luteinizing hormone receptor and steroidogenic enzyme mRNA abundances in granulosa cells of Nellore heifers. Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective was to investigate effects of progesterone (P4) dose on abundance of luteinizing hormone receptor (LHCGR), aromatase (CYP19A1), 3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (HSD3B1), and other steroidogenic mRNA transcripts in granulosa cells from dominant follicles. Nellore heifers were assigned to one of six groups: new, first-use controlled internal drug release device (CIDR1) inserted for 5 days (Large-P4-dose-D5; n = 7) or 6 days (Large-P4-dose-D6; n = 8), prostaglandin (PG)F2 administered on D0 and 1 previously-used CIDR (CIDR3) inserted for 5 days (Small- P4-dose-D5; n = 8) or 6 days (Small-P4-dose-D6; n = 8), CIDR1 inserted on D0 and removed plus PGF2 on D5 (Large-P4-dose-proestrus (PE); n = 7), and CIDR3 and PGF2 on D0 and 1, CIDR3 removed plus PGF2 on D5 (Small-P4-dose-PE; n = 7). Duration of P4 treatment (D5 compared to D6) affected abundances of CYP19A1 mRNA transcripts, with there being greater abundances on D6 than D5 (P 0.05). Heifers treated with the large dose of P4 had a smaller dominant follicle, less serum and intra-follicular estradiol (E2) concentrations (P 0.05) and lesser LHCGR, CYP19A1, and HSD3B1 transcript abundances (P 0.05). Heifers treated to induce PE had a larger follicle diameter (P = 0.09), greater intra-follicular E2 concentrations and larger abundances of CYP19A1 mRNA transcript (P 0.05) than heifers of the D6 group. Overall, treatment with larger doses of P4 resulted in lesser abundances of LHCGR, HSD3B1, and CYP19A1 mRNA transcripts; thus, potentially leading to development of smaller dominant follicles and lesser E2 concentrations.

published proceedings

  • Anim Reprod Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Dias, H. P., Poole, R. K., Albuquerque, J. P., Dos Santos, P. H., Castilho, A., Pohler, K. G., & Vasconcelos, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Dias, HP||Poole, RK||Albuquerque, JP||Dos Santos, PH||Castilho, ACS||Pohler, KG||Vasconcelos, JLM

publication date

  • January 2021