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Medicine and Health Sciences


Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component-1 (PGRMC1) is present in both the cytoplasm and nucleus of spontaneously immortalized granulosa cells (SIGCs). PGRMC1 is detected as a monomer in the cytoplasm and a DTT-resistant PGRMC1 dimer in the nucleus. Transfected PGRMC1-GFP localizes mainly to the cytoplasm and does not form a DTT-resistant dimer. Moreover, forced expression of PGRMC1-GFP increases the sensitivity of the SIGCs to progesterone (P4) 's anti-apoptotic action, indicating that the PGRMC1 monomer is functional. However, when endogenous PGRMC1 is depleted by siRNA treatment and replaced with PGRMC1-GFP, P4 responsiveness is not enhanced, although overall levels of PGRMC1 are increased. P4's anti-apoptotic action is also attenuated by actinomycin D, an inhibitor of RNA synthesis, and P4 activation of PGRMC1 suppresses Bad and increases Bcl2a1d expression. Taken together, the present studies suggest a genomic component to PGRMC1's anti-apoptotic mechanism of action, which requires the presence of the PGRMC1 dimer.


Author manuscript; available in PMC 2011 May 14. Published in final edited form as: Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2010 May 14; 320(1-2): 153–161.
Published online 2010 February 6. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2010.02.005. PMCID: PMC2844455 NIHMSID: NIHMS177811