Expression of mdr isoforms in mice during estrous cycle and under hormone stimulation

Schiengold, Marion; Schwantes, Lavínia; Ribeiro, Maria Flavia Marques; Lotthamer, Nivia; Gonzalez, Tatiana Pereira; Chies, Jose Artur Bogo; Nardi, Nance Beyer


The multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype is associated with the expression of P-glycoprotein (Pgp), coded by the multigenic mdr family. Mice present the isoforms mdr1 and mdr3, which are responsible for multidrug resistance, and mdr2, that is involved in the transport of phospholipids. mdr1 expression has more recently been associated also with the secretion of steroid hormones. This work presents an RT-PCR analysis of the expression of mdr isoforms, in several organs of mice during different phases of the estrous cycle. Additionally, females were ovariectomized, submitted to different hormone treatments, and their uterus was analyzed for the expression of mdr isoforms. The results show that in the adrenal gland and ovaries mdr1 is the main isoform during proestrus, and that progesterone or a combination of progesterone and estrogen induce the expression of all mdr isoforms in the uterus of ovariectomized females. We suggest that the functions of mdr1 and mdr3 are overlapping, that mdr3 may be the more efficient isoform in the detoxification function, and that mdr1 may be more closely related to the secretion of steroid hormones.

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