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Differential steroidogenic response of subpopulations of porcine granulosa cells to insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) or IGF-1 analogs.

Two experiments were conducted to examine responses of porcine granulosa cells to insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) or IGF-1 analogs (des [1-3] and Long R3) that have reduced affinity for IGF-binding proteins (IGFBP). Both experiments evaluated estradiol and IGFBP production by granulosa cells after separation of cells into subpopulations that maintain long-term estradiol production in vitro (tightly bound) and those that do not (weakly associated). Granulosa cells were obtained from medium-sized follicles (4-6 mm) at random stages of the estrous cycle in experiment 1 and from the 10 largest follicles per ovary at 0 or 48 h after weaning in experiment 2. Follicle diameter and follicular fluid estradiol concentrations increased with time after weaning (p < 0.05). Tightly bound cells produced more estradiol than weakly associated cells at 24-120 h of culture in experiment 1 and from 0 to 48 h in experiment 2 (p < 0.05). In tightly bound but not weakly associated cells, IGF-1 stimulated estradiol production. The IGF analogs were more potent stimulators than IGF-1 in experiment 1 (p < 0.05); and in experiment 2, this response was restricted to cells collected at 48 h after weaning. Conversely, tightly bound cells obtained at 0 h after weaning responded similarly to IGF-1 and des (1-3). During the final 48 h of culture, weakly associated cells produced greater quantities of 28-30-kDa IGFBP than did tightly bound cells in response to IGF-1 or analogs (both experiments; p < 0.05).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


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