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Immunohistochemical observations indicate that human myometrial smooth muscle cells express epidermal growth factor (EGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-AB and contain EGF and PDGF-beta receptors with no variation in intensity with phases of the menstrual cycle. Furthermore, immunofluorescent microscopic studies revealed that primary myometrial(More)
Given the emerging roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) as key regulator of mRNA stability we assessed their expression profile in paired myometrium and leiomyoma, their isolated smooth muscle cells (MSMC and LSMC), a spontaneously transformed leiomyoma smooth muscle cells (T-LSMC) and SK-LMS-1, a leiomyosarcoma cell line using microarray and real time PCR. Based on(More)
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OBJECTIVE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their physiological inhibitors, the tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), play a key role in tumor cell invasion, angiogenesis, and growth. The aim of this study was to determine the expression and cellular distribution of MMP-26, TIMP-3, and TIMP-4 in endometrial cancers and benign endometrium throughout the(More)
Leiomyomas are benign uterine tumors considered to arise from transformation of myometrial cells. What initiates the conversion of myometrial cells into leiomyoma is unknown, however cytogenetic analysis often shows occurrence of nonrandom chromosomal abnormalities that may account for their establishment. It is clear that ovarian steroids are essential for(More)
The cell composition of human and bovine corpora lutea (CL) from various reproductive states was investigated by computerized video-based interactive Bioquant image analysis system IV and by light microscope immunocytochemistry. Human and bovine CL contained more nonluteal cells than luteal cells. Human CL contained a lower number of luteal and a greater(More)
MicroRNA-200c (miR-200c) through repression of specific target genes has been associated with cellular transition, tumorigenesis, and tissue fibrosis. We explored the expression and functional aspects of miR-200c in genesis of leiomyomas (LYO), benign uterine tumors with fibrotic characteristic. Using LYO and matched myometrium (MYO; n=76) from untreated(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) which regulate gene expression stability displayed an aberrant expression profile in ectopic endometrium (ECE) as compared to eutopic (EUE) and normal endometrium (NE). We assessed the expression of miR-17-5p, miR-23a, miR-23b and miR-542-3p, their predicted target genes, steroidogenic acute regulatory protein, aromatase and(More)
Gene microarray analysis indicated that several components of the transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGF-betaR) signaling pathway are differentially expressed in leiomyoma and myometrium. To validate the microarray results we evaluated the expression of Smads, intracellular proteins that transmit TGF-betaR signals, in leiomyoma and matched myometrium(More)
The possible presence of gonadotropin receptors in nonpregnant human uterus and human fetoplacental unit was investigated by light microscope immunocytochemistry using a monoclonal antibody to rat luteal hCG/LH receptors. The receptor antibody cross-reacted with human and bovine hCG/LH receptors and appears to be directed against the receptor rather than(More)