Expression of Transient Receptor Channel Proteins in Human Fundal Myometrium in Pregnancy

Chun Ying Ku, Lidiya Babich, R. Ann Word, Miao Zhong, Aida Ulloa, Manju Monga, Barbara M. Sanborn

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Objective: Cation channels comprised of transient receptor potential (TrpC) proteins may play a role in signal-regulated calcium entry and calcium homeostasis in myometrium. The objective of this study was to determine the relative abundance of specific TrpC mRNAs expressed in human myometrium and determine if TrpC mRNA and protein concentrations differ in fundal myometrium before and after the onset of labor. Methods: A quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (Q-RT-PCR) procedure was developed for determining the concentration of TrpC mRNA expression in immortalized and primary human myometrial cells and myometrial fundus tissues from patients before and after the onset of labor. The corresponding TrpC proteins were detected by Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. Results: hTrpC1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 mRNAs were expressed in two lines of immortalized human myometrial cells and in primary human myocytes. In all of these cells, hTrpC1 and hTrpC4 mRNAs were the most abundant, followed by hTrpC6. A similar distribution was observed in fundal myometrium samples from patients before and after the onset of labor. hTrpC4 mRNA was significantly lower after the onset of labor; there were no significant changes in the concentrations of other TrpC mRNAs. Immunohistochemistry identified hTrpC1, 3, 4, and 6 proteins in myometrial smooth muscle cells. Western blot analysis of myometrial membranes demonstrated no statistically significant changes in hTrpC1, 3, 4, and 6 proteins between samples collected before and after the onset of labor. Conclusions: We have demonstrated that hTrpC1 and hTrpC4 are the most abundant TrpC mRNAs in human myometrium, with TrpC6 being the next most abundant. There was no increase in TrpC mRNA or protein in fundal myometrium with the onset of labor. Nonetheless, these isoforms may play significant roles in signal regulated calcium entry in human myometrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

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Myometrium
Labor Onset
Pregnancy
Messenger RNA
Proteins
Calcium
Western Blotting
Immunohistochemistry
Transient Receptor Potential Channels
Muscle Cells
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Protein Isoforms
Homeostasis
Membranes

Keywords

  • capacitative calcium entry
  • mRNA
  • myometrium
  • pregnancy
  • TrpC

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Expression of Transient Receptor Channel Proteins in Human Fundal Myometrium in Pregnancy. / Ku, Chun Ying; Babich, Lidiya; Word, R. Ann; Zhong, Miao; Ulloa, Aida; Monga, Manju; Sanborn, Barbara M.

In: Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Vol. 13, No. 3, 04.2006, p. 217-225.

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Ku, Chun Ying ; Babich, Lidiya ; Word, R. Ann ; Zhong, Miao ; Ulloa, Aida ; Monga, Manju ; Sanborn, Barbara M. / Expression of Transient Receptor Channel Proteins in Human Fundal Myometrium in Pregnancy. In: Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. 2006 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 217-225.
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