Estrogen-mediated activation of fibroblasts and its effects on the fibroid cell proliferation.

In this study, we explored the role of estrogen-mediated activation of stromal fibroblasts in the pathogenesis of uterine fibroid in patients. We isolated uterine fibroids and surrounding smooth muscle from patients and separated fibroblasts using immunomagnetic beads. We also measured the expression levels of estrogen receptors in fibroblasts and examined cell proliferation, expressions of fibroblast activation protein (FAP), extracellular matrix (ECM) (fibronectin, laminin, collagen I), growth factors (transforming growth factor-β, insulin-like growth factor-1), and cell proliferation pathway stimulated by estrogen. We also silenced the expression of FAP by RNA interference and analyzed the expression levels of these markers before and after E2 stimulation. Finally, we also investigated the effect of activated fibroblast supernatant on cell proliferation of fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, and fibroid cells. We found that fibroblasts in uterine fibroid were activated, and the expression levels of estrogen receptors from fibroid cells were higher than those from smooth muscle cells. After estrogen stimulation, the proliferation activity of fibroblast was enhanced, and the expression of FAP, ECM, and growth factors was increased; the signaling pathway involved in cell proliferation was also activated. Interestingly, the activated fibroblast supernatant stimulation can promote cell proliferation. Silencing of FAP expression could inhibit the E2-mediated biological effects. In conclusion, estrogen promotes proliferation of uterine fibroids through the activation of fibroblasts, thus, activated fibroblasts may play an important role in the pathogenesis of uterine fibroids, which could be targeted in future for the treatment of uterine fibroid.
AuthorsNing Luo, Qiyu Guan, Lihua Zheng, Xiaoyan Qu, Hong Dai, Zhongping Cheng
JournalTranslational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine (Transl Res) Vol. 163 Issue 3 Pg. 232-41 (Mar 2014) ISSN: 1878-1810 [Electronic] United States
PMID24316382 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
CopyrightCopyright © 2014 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • Estrogens
  • Progestins
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Cell Proliferation (drug effects)
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Estrogens (pharmacology)
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts (drug effects, metabolism)
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental (drug effects)
  • Humans
  • Leiomyoma (pathology)
  • Progesterone (pharmacology)
  • Progestins (pharmacology)
  • RNA Interference
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Receptors, Estrogen (genetics, metabolism)
  • Signal Transduction (drug effects)

Join CureHunter, for free Research Interface BASIC access!

Take advantage of free CureHunter research engine access to explore the best drug and treatment options for any disease. Find out why thousands of doctors, pharma researchers and patient activists around the world use CureHunter every day.
Realize the full power of the drug-disease research network!

Choose Username:
Verify Password: