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Effect of pregnancy on PDE4 cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase messenger ribonucleic acid expression in human myometrium.

In light of the important role of the second messengers cAMP and cGMP in the mechanism of relaxation in the human myometrium, specific regulation of the phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymatic system responsible for cyclic nucleotide inactivation is essential. We previously identified in the human myometrium PDE4 cAMP-specific PDE as by far the most abundant isoform. Here we have studied the expression patterns of mRNAs for the four cloned human PDE4 genes in the myometria of pregnant and non-pregnant women. Concurrent expression of the PDE4A, 4B, 4C and 4D genes is demonstrated. We found that the PDE4D transcripts are the most prominently expressed. PDE4A and PDE4B mRNAs also are markedly abundant, whereas lower expression is observed for PDE4C mRNAs. Interestingly, we showed that transcripts of PDE4B2 are more abundant in the myometria of pregnant women than in non-pregnant women, whereas no difference between the two tissues was detected for PDE4A, 4C and 4D mRNAs. Cultured human myometrial cells, which present a high level of PDE4 activity and express the four PDE4 mRNA subtypes, provide us with an appropriate model to further evaluate whether the level of expression of the PDE 4B2 mRNA subtype is under hormonal regulation.[1]

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  1. Effect of pregnancy on PDE4 cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase messenger ribonucleic acid expression in human myometrium. Leroy, M.J., Méhats, C., Duc-Goiran, P., Tanguy, G., Robert, B., Dallot, E., Mignot, T.M., Grangé, G., Ferré, F. Cell. Signal. (1999) [Pubmed]
 
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