Junzhen Zhang

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Considerable evidence supports a role for matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) in menstruation, but their focal pattern of expression within perimenstrual and menstrual endometrium suggests local rather than hormonal regulation. Menstruation shares a number of features with inflammatory responses, with leukocyte infiltration, proliferation and activation,(More)
The extensive remodelling of the human endometrium throughout the menstrual cycle is accompanied by changes in production of matrix metalloproteinases, the activity of which can be inhibited by specific tissue inhibitors or by tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP)s with a 1:1 stoichiometry. This study immunolocalized TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and TIMP-3 in(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) are implicated in normal menstruation, but the mechanism of their regulation is not yet clear. Human endometrial stromal cell cultures were established to mimic the events of the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle: after 6 days of culture with estradiol 17beta (10 nmol/L) and(More)
Progesterone receptor (PR) variant mRNAs in human endometrium could encode proteins with the potential to alter progesterone action in states of normal and abnormal endometrial development. We have assessed the expression levels of mRNA for the wild-type PR and splice variants of PR mRNA lacking exon 4 (del-4 PR), exon 6 (del-6 PR), exons 4 and 6 (del-4&6(More)
Norplant, subdermally implanted slow-release levonorgestrel, is an effective and widely used contraceptive agent but has a high rate of discontinuation due to unacceptable abnormal uterine bleeding. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are expressed in normal cycling endometrium and are postulated to be responsible for the tissue breakdown at menstruation. We(More)
In order to investigate the effects of the insulin-like growth factor 1(IGF-1) on alpaca melanocyte in vitro, different dosees of IGF1 (0, 10, 20, 40 ng/ml) were added in the medium of alpaca melanocyte. The RTCA machine was used to monitor the proliferation, quantitative real-time PCR, and western blot to test the relative gene expression, ELISA to test(More)
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