Apolipoprotein A-IV as a novel gene associated with polycystic ovary syndrome

Int J Mol Med. 2013 Mar;31(3):707-16. doi: 10.3892/ijmm.2013.1250. Epub 2013 Jan 17.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine-metabolic disorder, affecting 6-10% of women of reproductive age. The etiology remains poorly understood. To investigate the differentially expressed proteins from PCOS patients versus healthy women, the protein expression in follicular fluid was analyzed using two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE). Since follicular fluid contains a number of secretory proteins required for oocyte fertilization and follicle maturation, it is possible that follicular fluid can be used as a provisional source for identifying pivotal proteins associated with PCOS. In this study, six overexpressed proteins [kininogen 1, cytokeratin 9, antithrombin, fibrinogen γ-chain, apolipoprotein A-IV (apoA-IV) precursor and α-1-B-glycoprotein (A1BG)] in follicular fluids from PCOS patients were identified with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) and nano LC-MS/MS. Western blot analysis confirmed that the protein expression levels of apoA-IV precursor and A1BG were increased in follicular fluid from PCOS patients compared with those from normal controls. The analysis of protein expression for other proteins revealed individual variation. These results facilitate the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of PCOS and provide candidate biomarkers for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antithrombins / analysis
  • Apolipoproteins A / biosynthesis*
  • Apolipoproteins A / genetics*
  • Female
  • Fibrinogens, Abnormal / biosynthesis
  • Follicular Fluid / metabolism*
  • Glycoproteins / biosynthesis
  • Glycoproteins / genetics
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins / biosynthesis
  • Immunoglobulins / genetics
  • Keratin-9 / analysis
  • Keratin-9 / biosynthesis
  • Kininogens / biosynthesis
  • Ovarian Follicle / metabolism*
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / genetics*
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / metabolism*
  • Proteomics


  • A1BG protein, human
  • Antithrombins
  • Apolipoproteins A
  • Fibrinogens, Abnormal
  • Glycoproteins
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Keratin-9
  • Kininogens
  • apolipoprotein A-IV
  • fibrinogen gamma'