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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Expression of microsomal prostaglandin E synthase in bovine endometrium: coexpression with cyclooxygenase type 2 and regulation by interferon-tau.

Prostaglandins (PGs) are important regulators of reproductive functions. In ruminants, interferon (IFN)-tau is the embryonic signal responsible for recognition of pregnancy. This is effected by a reduction of the production of PGF(2alpha) relative to PGE(2.) This may be accomplished by a decrease in PGF(2alpha) production, but a stimulation of PGE(2) via the PGE synthase might also be involved. The purpose of the present study was to confirm the presence of PGE synthase (PGES) in the bovine endometrium, identify the factors affecting its expression, and compare it with that of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). This was done by Northern blot analysis using primary cultures of bovine epithelial and stromal cells of the endometrium and bovine endometrial cell line. PGES mRNA expression was increased in the presence of lipopolysaccharides, TNF-alpha, and IFN-tau in stromal cells and IFN-tau in epithelial cells. In stromal cells, IFN-tau induced a rapid increase of PGES and COX-2 mRNA expression. In bovine endometrial cells, phorbol 12-myristate 13-actetate increased PGES mRNA, COX-2 mRNA and PGE(2) production. These results suggest that in endometrial cells, the expression of PGE synthase is correlated with that of COX-2 and is an important enzyme for the production of PGE(2). Increasing this production will modulate the PGE(2)/PGF(2alpha) ratio and contribute to establishment of pregnancy.[1]


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