Christopher A. Price

Professor / CRRA Acting director
Université de Montréal
Faculté de médecine vétérinaire
450-773-8521 ext.: 8383
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fax: 450-778-8103


Research interests:

  • Regulation of gonadal steroidogenesis
  • Improvement of ovulation rate in the superovulated cow

Summary of Results:

The overall objective of my laboratory is to understand better the mechanisms of follicle cell differentiation. During follicle development, there is significant growth of the follicle and proliferation and differentiation of granulosa cells.  We are currently studying roles of members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family. This large family contains 22 peptides and 7 receptors (which result from alternative splicing of 4 FGFR genes).  We have described the expression of a number of these FGFR splice variants in the bovine follicle, and we are determining which FGFs play important roles in follicle development. We have shown that FGF10 mRNA and protein are present in the follicle. FGF10 is expressed by the theca cells and the oocyte, but not by granulosa cells. Thus there is a potential for paracrine signaling to granulosa cells from theca cells or the oocyte.  We tested this by culturing granulosa cells with FGF10, and found that FGF10 significantly inhibits granulosa cell steroidogenesis. 

We are extending this work to look at another FGF, FGF18. This factor forms part of a subfamily that includes FGF8, and FGF8 is a oocyte-specific factor in mice, and we have detected FGF8 mRNA in cattle. FGF18 has been described in oocytes in mice, although we failed to detect FGF18 in bovine oocytes. However, it is detected in theca cells and in granulosa cell of atretic follicles. We are now investigating the actions of FGF18 in granulosa cell culture.

Lab Members:

Hilda Morayma Guerrero Netro, M.Sc, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mouhamadou Diaw, M.Sc, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peng Han, M.Sc, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past students:

Gustavo Zamberlam


Fatiha Sahmi


Valério Portela


Rogerio Ferreira

Jiang Zhongliang


Edmir Da Nicola Silva (1998-2007)


Malha Sahmi and Siqi Xue


List of Publications (selected):

Ferreira R, Gasperin B, Rovani M, Santos J, Barreta M, Bohrer R, Price C & Gonçalves PBD (2011) Angiotensin II signaling promotes follicle growth and dominance in cattle. Endocrinology 152 :4957-4965.

Portela VM, Zamberlam G, Gonçalves PBD, de Oliveira, JFC, Price CA. (2011) Role of angiotensin II in the periovulatory epidermal growth factor-like cascade in bovine granulosa cells in vitro. Biol Reprod 85:1167-1174.

Jiang ZL, Ripamonte P, Buratini J, Portela VM, Price CA. (2011) Fibroblast growth factor-2 regulation of Sprouty and NR4A genes in bovine ovarian granulosa cells. J Cell Physiol 226: 1820-1827.

Zamberlam G, Portela VM, de Oliveira, JFC, Gonçalves PBD, Price CA (2011). Regulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase expression in bovine ovarian granulosa cells. Mol Cell Endo 335: 189-194.

Portela VM, Machado MF, Buratini J, Zamberlam G, Amorim RL, Gonçalves PDB, Price CA. (2010) Expression and function of fibroblast growth factor-18 in the ovarian follicle in cattle. Biol Reprod 83: 339-346.

Portela VM, Zamberlam G, Price CA (2010) Cell plating density alters the ratio of estrogenic to progestagenic enzyme gene expression in cultured granulosa cells. Fert Steril 93: 2050-2055.

Machado MF, Portela VM, Price CA, Costa IB, Ripamonte P, Amorim RL, Buratini J (2009) Regulation and action of fibroblast growth factor 17 in bovine follicles. J Endocrinol. 202:347-353.

Portela VM, Veiga A, Price CA (2009) Regulation of MMP2 and MMP9 metalloproteinases by FSH and growth factors in bovine granulosa cells. Genetics & Molecular Biology 32:516-520 (NSERC).

Portela VM, Gonçalves PBD, Veiga AM, Nicola E, Buratini J, Price CA (2008). Regulation of angiotensin type 2 receptor in bovine granulosa cells. Endocrinology 149:5004-5011.

Zheng X, Price CA, Tremblay Y, Lussier JG, Carrière PD (2008) Role of transforming growth factor-b1 in gene expression and activity of oestradiol and progesterone-generating enzymes in FSH-stimulated bovine granulosa cells. Reproduction 136 :447-457.