Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Fertil Steril. 2003 Mar;79 Suppl 1:808-14.

Coexpression of pinopodes and leukemia inhibitory factor, as well as its receptor, in human endometrium.

Author information

  • 1Department of Clinical Science, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. lusine.aghajanova@klinvet.ki.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine cell-type-specific expression of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and LIF receptor (LIFR) proteins relative to formation of pinopodes in human endometrial samples.

DESIGN:

Prospective clinical study.

SETTING:

Hospital-based unit for reproductive health and university-affiliated reproductive research laboratories.

PATIENT(S):

Twenty-six healthy fertile women with normal menstrual cycles.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Routine blood and urine samples were obtained, and vaginal ultrasonography and endometrial biopsy were performed. Pinopode formation and expression of LIF and LIFR were examined in endometrial samples.

RESULT(S):

Samples obtained during LH days 6 through 9 had pinopodes at different developmental stages. Both surface and glandular epithelial cells expressed maximal levels of LIF and LIFR protein, in biopsy samples showed fully developed pinopodes. Immunostaining of LIF was more intense in the glandular epithelium, whereas immunostaining of LIFR was most intense in the surface epithelium. Before and after the appearance of pinopodes, LIF and LIFR immunostaining was less intense or faint. Stromal endometrial cells showed faint LIF accumulation.

CONCLUSION(S):

The simultaneous positive spatial and temporal expression of pinopodes and LIF and LIFR proteins in endometrial samples from healthy women suggests that both molecular and structural cell changes are important in the initiation of human blastocyst implantation.

PMID:
12620495
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk