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De novo synthesis of estrogen in pregnant uterus is critical for stromal decidualization and angiogenesis By: Amrita Dasa, Srinivasa Raju Mantenaa, Athilakshmi.

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1 De novo synthesis of estrogen in pregnant uterus is critical for stromal decidualization and angiogenesis By: Amrita Dasa, Srinivasa Raju Mantenaa, Athilakshmi Kannana, Dean B. Evans, Milan K. Bagchia, and Indrani C. Bagchia –12547 PNAS July 28, 2009 vol. 106 no. 30 Presented By: Rohini.R.Nair

2 Angiogenesis: Angiogenesis is a physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels. Decidualization: When the embryo attaches itself to the uterine epithelium, the underlying stromal cells start to proliferate and then differentiate into unique decidual tissue. Paracrine factors secreted by the decidual cells are critical regulators of uterine remodeling, maternal immune response, uterine angiogenesis, and early embryonic growth. Decidualization is thus a prerequisite for successful implantation and establishment of pregnancy.

3 Hormonal regulation day 1 Corpora lutea day 3 Level of serum Estrogen is high because of the preovulatory hormonal surge Rodents Ovarian granulosa and theca cells After Pregnancy

4 Decreases to 15 pg/mL day 2 and 3 day 4 Serum Estrogen level increases to 22 pg/ml and it plays a critical role in embryo attachment. After attachment the ovarian Estrogen synthesis decreases. During the decidualization phase, which lasts from day 5 through 8 of gestation, the circulating level of Estrogen remains low at approximately 15 pg/ml.

5 Contradiction An earlier study showed that administration of Progestrone alone to ovariectomized mice sustained the decidual response during experimentally induced decidualization, indicating a nonobligatory role of exogenous estrogen in regulating this process. Conversely, it was reported that administration of ICI , an estrogen receptor (ER) antagonist, to mice severely impairs the formation of the decidual tissue, hinting that estrogen acting via ER regulates the process. These apparently contradictory reports prompted them to further investigate the role of estrogen in the uterus during decidualization.

6 The decidual uterus is a novel site of de novo synthesis of estrogen. The expression of P450 aromatase,a key enzyme, which allows conversion of progestrone to the androgenic precursors and their eventual aromatization to estrogen is markedly induced in the pregnant mouse uterus during decidualization and plays an essential role in this process. It reveals that the intrauterine estrogen acts by inducing the expression of several stromal factors critical for the formation of an extensive vascular network that supports the growth and development of the implanting embryo during early pregnancy.

7 Material and Methods Animals and Tissue Collection. Mice (CD-1) were ovariectomized on day 5 (morning) of pregnancy and injected daily with Progestrone or Progestrone in combination with letrozole (20 mg/kg body weight) from day 5 through 8. Mice were killed 6 h after the last hormone injection and uteri were isolated. Experimental procedures for decidualization, laser capture microdissection, microarray analysis, real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry, and assay of aromatase activity were conducted.

8 Result Ovarian estrogen is not essential for decidualization: In these Progestrone treated ovariectomized uteri, the expression of known markers of decidualization, such as progesterone receptor (PR) and prolactin-like protein type B (PLP-B), was found to be similar to that seen in normal pregnant uterus.

9 Evidence for biosynthesis of estrogen in the decidual uterus:

10 Immunohistochemical analysis using the P450C17 antibody: TestesUteri day 6 Ovaries after PMSG and HCG treatment Uteri day 4Uteri day 5 Uteri day 6

11 Uterine Aromatase Activity Is Critical for Successful Implantation

12 Inhibition of Uterine Aromatase Activity Blocks Stromal Differentiation.

13 Local estrogen synthesis is critical for uterine angiogenesis

14 Identification of angiogenic factors regulated by intrauterine estrogen during decidualization. Stromal cells isolated from uteri of day 4 pregnant mice were subjected to in vitro decidualization in the presence or absence of letrozole for 72 hours RNA was prepared from these cells and subjected to real-time PCR analysis using gene-specific primers.

15 Discussion The aromatase-driven intrauterine estrogen plays an important role in decidualization. De novo production of estrogen plays a central role in the regulation of uterine neovascularization during early pregnancy. Angiogenic role of intrauterine estrogen is essential for proper embryonic growth and development during critical phases of early pregnancy.

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