Augmentation of Nr4a3 and suppression of Fshb expression in the pituitary gland of female Annexin A5 null mouse

Ryota Terashima, Tomotaka Saigo, Titaree Laoharatchatathanin, Shiro Kurusu, Bent Brachvogel, Ernst Pöschl, Mitsumori Kawaminami

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GnRH enhances the expression of annexin A5 (ANXA5) in pituitary gonadotropes, and ANXA5 enhances gonadotropin secretion. However, the impact of ANXA5 regulation on the expression of pituitary hormone genes remains unclear. Here, using quantitative PCR, we demonstrated that ANXA5 deficiency in female mice reduced the expression of Fshb and Gh in their pituitary glands. Transcriptome analysis confirmed a specific increase in Nr4a3 mRNA expression in addition to lower levels of Fshb expression in ANXA5-deficient female pituitary glands. This gene was then found to be a GnRH-inducible immediate early gene, and its increased expression caused protein to accumulate in the nucleus after administration of a GnRH agonist in LβT2 cells, which are an in vitro pituitary gonadotrope model. The increase in ANXA5 protein levels in LβT2 cells clearly suppressed Nr4a3 expression. siRNA-mediated inhibition of Nr4a3 expression increased Fshb expression. The results revealed that GnRH stimulates Nr4a3 and Anxa5 sequentially. NR4A3 suppression of Fshb may be necessary for later massive secretion of FSH by GnRH in gonadotropes, and Nr4a3 would be nega- tively regulated by ANXA5 to increase FSH secretion.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberbvaa096
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Endocrine Society
Issue number9
Early online date16 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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