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Marked developmental changes in heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression in the mouse placenta: correlation between HO-1 expression and placental development.

Watanabe S., Akagi R., Mori M., Tsuchiya T., Sassa S.

Heme catabolism during embryonic period is not well understood. It has been suggested that placental heme oxygenase (HO)-1, which is an inducible isoform of the rate-limiting enzyme in the heme degradation pathway, may be involved in supporting normal fetal development. In this study, we examined the distribution of HO-1 protein in the developing mouse embryo, as well as developmental changes of ho-1 gene expression, and the enzyme activity of HO and biliverdin IXalpha reductase (BVR-A) in placenta. Ectoplacental cone in embryonic day (E) 6.5 embryo already showed HO-1 protein expression, which became restricted only to trophoblastic cells after placenta formation was completed on day E14.5. The placenta of E13.5-E14.5 embryos expressed high levels of HO-1 mRNA, which was decreased significantly towards the end of pregnancy. However, HO-1 expression in placenta was significantly higher than uterus throughout the gestational period. In contrast to HO-1, the placental level of BVR-A activity remained low and did not show changes throughout the gestational period. The correlation between HO-1 expression and placental development suggests that HO-1 might be essential for normal embryonic development.

Placenta 25:387-395(2004) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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