Reproductive endocrinology: Circadian clock involved in embryo implantation


In mice, deletion of the gene that encodes Arntl (also known as Bmal1), leads to failure of embryo implantation, according to new findings. This protein in key for gene expression driven by circadian rhythms, which suggests that the circadian clock is involved in fertility. Yan Liu and colleagues created a mouse model to determine whether particular cellular clocks in peripheral tissues are essential for specific aspects of reproductive biology. To create the model, Arntlfx mice were crossed with mice expressing a Cre transgene driven by the promoter of steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1), which resulted in deletion of the Arntl gene. The resulting mice were termed SF1-Bmal1–/–. The knockout mice underwent puberty as normal and had normal estrus cycles (including ovulation), but none delivered pups despite showing evidence of copulation. By contrast, ~95% of REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY

DOI: 10.1038/nrendo.2014.174

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@article{Greenhill2014ReproductiveEC, title={Reproductive endocrinology: Circadian clock involved in embryo implantation}, author={Claire J. Greenhill}, journal={Nature Reviews Endocrinology}, year={2014}, volume={10}, pages={701-701} }