Isolation and Analysis of Exosomal MicroRNAs from Ovarian Follicular Fluid

  • Juliano Da Silveira
  • Gabriella M. Andrade
  • Felipe Perecin
  • Flávio Vieira Meireles
  • Quinton A. Winger
  • Gerrit J. Bouma
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1733)


Mammalian ovarian follicular growth is characterized by development of a large fluid filled antrum that separates mural granulosa cells and cumulus cells. Extensive communication between the different cell types is necessary for maturation of a developmentally competent oocyte. Here, we describe an approach for the isolation of cell-secreted exosomes from ovarian follicular fluid, identification of small RNAs (i.e., microRNAs) in exosomes, labeling of exosomes, and examining cell uptake of exosomes by follicular cells.

Key words

Extracellular vesicles microRNAs Ovarian follicle 



We are grateful for the funding supporting the research involving exosomal microRNAs from CSU CVMBS College Research Council, the Preservation of Equine Genetics, Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation, and financial support from the Abney Foundation, Ed H. Honnen Award, the France Stone Scholarship, and the Assisted Reproduction Program at Colorado State University. Additional support came from grants funded by São Paulo Research Foundation-FAPESP (grant 2012/50533-2; grant 2013/08135-2; grant 2014/21034-3, grant 2013/10473-3; and grant 2014/22887-0).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliano Da Silveira
    • 1
  • Gabriella M. Andrade
    • 1
  • Felipe Perecin
    • 1
  • Flávio Vieira Meireles
    • 1
  • Quinton A. Winger
    • 2
  • Gerrit J. Bouma
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Animal Sciences and Food Engineering, Department of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Sao PauloPirassunungaBrazil
  2. 2.College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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