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Mutations in the aquaporin-2 (AQP2) water channel gene cause autosomal recessive nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI). Here we report the first patient with an autosomal dominant form of NDI, which is caused by a G866A transition in the AQP2 gene of one allele, resulting in a E258K substitution in the C-tail of AQP2. To define the molecular cause of NDI in(More)
BACKGROUND In mammalian follicles, oocytes are arrested at the diplotene stage of prophase I until meiotic resumption following the LH surge. Recently, C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), encoded by natriuretic peptide precursor type C (NPPC) was found to suppress mouse oocyte maturation by promoting cyclic guanosine 5'-monophospate (cGMP) production in(More)
The functions of major intrinsic protein (MIP) of lens are still unresolved; however the sequence homology with channel-forming integral membrane protein (CHIP) and other Aquaporins suggests that MIP is a water channel. Immunolocalizations confirmed that Xenopus oocytes injected with bovine MIP cRNA express the protein and target it to the plasma membrane.(More)
Water transport across the mammalian collecting tubule is regulated by vasopressin-dependent aquaporin-2 insertion into and retrieval from the apical cell membrane. To establish a cell line that properly expresses aquaporin-2 and its hormone-dependent shuttling, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells were stably transfected with an aquaporin-2 expression(More)
Secreted frizzled-related protein-4 (sFRP-4) belongs to a family of soluble proteins that have a Frizzled-like cysteine-rich domain and function as modulators of Wnt-Frizzled (Fz) signals. As several Wnts and Fz are expressed at defined stages of follicular development in rodent ovaries, these studies were undertaken to evaluate the hormone-regulated(More)
ADAM8 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain 8) is expressed in immune, neuronal, and bone progenitor cells and is thought to be involved in the tissue-remodeling process. Microarray analyses indicate that Adam8 is a potential target of the progesterone receptor (Pgr) in murine ovary. Further studies document that Adam8 mRNA and protein are expressed in(More)
Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI) is characterized by the inability of the kidney to concentrate urine in response to vasopressin. The autosomal recessive form of NDI is caused by mutations in the AQP2 gene, encoding the vasopressin-regulated water channel of the kidney collecting duct. This report presents three new mutations in the AQP2 gene that cause(More)
Optimal development of fertilized eggs into preimplantation embryos is essential for reproduction. Although mammalian oocytes ovulated after luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulation can be fertilized and promoted into early embryos in vitro, little is known about ovarian factors important for the conditioning of eggs for early embryo development. Because LH(More)
During ovulation, production of a specialized hyaluronan (HA)-rich matrix cross-linked by associated HA binding factors causes expansion of the cumulus oocyte complex. Versican is a member of the hyalectan family that binds HA, provides structure and elasticity to tissues, and impacts cell motility and adhesion. In these studies, we sought to determine(More)
Microscopy of sectioned neonatal mouse ovaries established the predominance of primordial follicles in Day 3 samples and the predominance of primary follicles by Day 8. To identify genetic determinants of the primordial to primary follicle transition, the transcriptome of Day 1 or Day 3 mouse ovaries was contrasted by differential display with that of Day 8(More)