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Connect Tissue Res. 2003;44(2):96-103.

Increase of interstitial collagen in the mouse endometrium during decidualization.

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  • 1Rheumatology Division, Medical School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.


Decidualization in the mouse consists of an extensive remodeling of the endometrial extracellular matrix, resulting in a reduction of the extracellular spaces, an increase in the diameter of collagen fibrils, and changes in the relative ratio of different types of glycosaminoglycans. To assess the dynamic changes of the endometrial extracellular matrix during decidualization, collagen was analyzed biochemically and immunochemically in the endometrium of nulliparous and day 5 to day 8 pregnant mice. The amount of collagen per gram dry weight was higher in the endometrium of implantation sites than in interimplantation sites. Collagen types I, III, and V were the main components of the endometrium of nulliparous and pregnant animals. The amount of collagen type V was higher in the endometrium of pregnant animals than in nulliparous ones. A relative unusual homotrimeric form of collagen type V, probably formed by [alpha1(V)](3), was detected in pregnant endometrium by gel eletrophoresis and immunoblotting.

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