Prostaglandin secretion by perifused porcine endometrium: Further evidence for an endocrine versus exocrine secretion of prostaglandins

Department of Dairy Science, University of Florida, Gainesville 32611.
Prostaglandins 04/1988; 35(3):327-41. DOI: 10.1016/0090-6980(88)90126-8
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Bilateral perifusion devices were utilized for measurement of prostaglandin secretion by luminal and myometrial surfaces of porcine endometrium. Tissues were collected from Days 10, 12 and 14 pregnant, Day 14 cyclic and Day 14 estrogen-induced pseudopregnant gilts. Each tissue was placed into duplicate perifusion devices and perifused with Krebs-Ringer Bicarbonate solution at 3 ml/10 min for 2 h, fractions collected every 10 min and oxytocin (1 IU/ml) perifused during fractions 6-10 to the luminal side of one chamber and to the myometrial side of the other chamber. Secretion rates of PGF were higher (P less than 0.05) than PGE2 for each status. Secretion rates of PGF and PGE2 were higher (P less than 0.01) from the luminal side for Day 12 pregnant, Day 14 pregnant and Day 14 pseudo-pregnant gilts, whereas secretion was higher from the myometrial side for Day 10 pregnant and Day 14 cyclic gilts. Oxytocin increased (P less than 0.01) prostaglandin secretion from the luminal side regardless of reproductive status. Pregnancy at Day 12 and Day 14, as well as estrogen treatment, were associated with prostaglandin secretion in a luminal (exocrine) orientation versus a myometrial (endocrine) orientation for Day 14 cyclic and Day 10 pregnant gilts. These data indicate an estrogen associated switch between Days 10 and 12 of pregnancy from an endocrine to an exocrine secretion of prostaglandins.

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    • "Other secretions of the uterine epithelia are also sequestered within the uterine lumen to provide histotroph to support conceptus development during pregnancy[66]. We used an Ussing Chamber-type device to demonstrate that endometria from cyclic pigs release PGF toward the myometrium and vasculature (endocrine direction), whereas endometria from pregnant and estrogen-treated gilts release PGF from the luminal side of the endometrium (exocrine secretion)[73]. However, the mechanism whereby estrogens, acting either alone or in concert with prolactin, mediate the shift from endocrine to exocrine secretion of PGF is not known. "
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    • "In addition, treatment with oestradiol enhanced the response of luminal epithelial cells to OT and increased PGF 2α secretion from the apical surface . These latter effects are in general agreement with the increased responsiveness to OT of luminal epithelial cells from pregnant pigs (Uzumcu et al. 2000) and are likely to contribute to the increased exocrine secretion of PGF 2α in response to OT that occurs during early pregnancy (Gross et al. 1988; Carnahan et al. 1999). In contrast, oestradiol clearly reduced the PGF 2α secretory response of stromal cells to OT on Day 16 in the present study, an effect that could contribute to reduced endocrine secretion of PGF 2α from cells that are in closest proximity to the uterine vasculature during pregnancy recognition (Carnahan et al. 1996; Edgerton et al. 1996). "
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