Transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) and progesterone regulate matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) in human endometrial stromal cells

Hiroko Itoh, Annavarapu Hari Kishore, Annika Lindqvist, David E. Rogers, R. Ann Word

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Abstract

Context: Menstruation is preceded by progesterone withdrawal and endometrial matrix remodeling predominantly through induction of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and recruitment of invading neutrophils. Design: Using endometrial tissues from women during various phases of the menstrual cycle, we found that MMP2, MMP9, and MMP11 were up-regulated in the late secretory phase/premenstrual phase. Because TGFβ-responsive genes were also up-regulated in endometrium during this time, we tested the hypothesis that TGFβ1 and progesterone regulate expression of MMP in human endometrial stromal cells (HESC). Results: Treatment of HESC with TGFβ1 resulted in marked increases in MMP2 and MMP11 mRNA and pro- and active MMP2 activity. Progesterone inhibited TGFβ1-induced stimulation of MMP2 and MMP11 through its nuclear hormone receptors. Interestingly, TGFβ1 also decreased progesterone receptor (PR)-A and PR-B in HESC with a more pronounced effect on PR-A. Conclusions: These data support the hypothesis that TGFβ1 has endogenous anti-progestational effects in HESC and that the opposing effects of progesterone and TGFβ1 are important in regulation of matrix integrity in human endometrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E888-E897
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume97
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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