Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Bovine oviductal epithelial cells:
    long term culture characterization and impact of insulin on cell morphology (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Palma-Vera, S (WE 3)
    Einspanier, R (WE 3)
    Schoen, J
    Reproductive biology; 14(3) — S. 206–212
    ISSN: 1642-431x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2014.04.006
    Pubmed: 25152518
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    In vitro models that resemble cell function in vivo are needed to understand oviduct physiology. This study aimed to assess cell functions and insulin effects on bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOECs) cultured in an air-liquid interface. BOECs (n=6) were grown in conditioned Ham's F12, DMEM or Ham's F12/DMEM with 10% fetal calf serum (FCS) for 3 weeks. After selecting the most suitable medium (Ham's F12), increasing insulin concentrations (1ng/mL, 20ng/mL and 5μg/mL) were applied, and cell morphology and trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TEER; n=4) were evaluated after 3 and 6 weeks. Keratin immunohistochemistry and mRNA expression of oviductal glycoprotein 1 (OVGP1) and progesterone receptor (PGR) were conducted (n=4) to assess cell differentiation. BOECs grown without insulin supplementation or with 1ng/mL of insulin displayed polarization and secretory activity. However, cells exhibited only 50% of the height of their in vivo counterparts. Cultures supplemented with 20ng/mL insulin showed the highest quality, but the 5μg/mL concentration induced massive growth. TEER correlated negatively with insulin concentration (r=-0.459; p=0.009). OVGP1 and PGR transcripts were still detectable after 3 and 6 weeks. Cellular localization of keratins closely resembled that of BOECs in vivo. Cultures showed heterogeneous expression of PGR and OVGP1 in response to estradiol (10pg/mL). In summary, BOECs grown for long term in an air-liquid interface expressed markers of cell differentiation. Additionally, insulin supplementation (20ng/mL) improved the cell morphology in vitro.