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  1. 1. Research www. BASIC SCIENCE: OBSTETRICS Estrogen receptor-beta mediates cyclooxygenase-2 expression and vascular prostanoid levels in human placental villous endothelial cells Emily J. Su, MD, MS; Zhi-Hong Lin, PhD; Rana Zeine, MD, PhD; Ping Yin, PhD; Scott Reierstad, BS; Joy E. Innes, BS; Serdar E. Bulun, MD OBJECTIVE: Regulation of fetoplacental blood flow is likely mediated (P .05) in the presence and absence of estradiol. ESR2 knock-down by factors such as prostanoids. Estrogen and its receptors affect pro- also led to diminished prostacyclin and thromboxane concentrations in stanoid biosynthesis. Previously, we demonstrated that villous endo- the absence of estradiol (P .005). thelial cells express estrogen receptor-beta (ESR2), and we sought to determine its role in the mediation of fetoplacental vascular function. CONCLUSION: ESR2 mediates COX-2 expression levels and both prostacyclin and thromboxane concentrations in the basal state, which STUDY DESIGN: Villous endothelial cells from uncomplicated preg- suggests the possibility of ligand-independent regulation of COX-2 ac- nancies were isolated, cultured, and treated with estrogen. RNA inter- tivity and prostaglandin H2 substrate availability. Further investigation ference, real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, and en- regarding ESR2 regulation of prostanoid biosynthesis and its effects on zyme immunoassays were performed. the fetoplacental vasculature is warranted. RESULTS: Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression levels were not al- tered consistently by estrogen. RNA interference of ESR2 led to a con- Key words: cyclooxygenase-2, estrogen receptor-beta, fetoplacental, comitant decrease in COX-2 messenger RNA (P .0001) and protein villous endothelial cell Cite this article as: Su EJ, Lin Z-H, Zeine R, et al. Estrogen receptor-beta mediates cyclooxygenase-2 expression and vascular prostanoid levels in human placental villous endothelial cells. Am J Obstet Gyncol 2009;200:427.e1-427.e8. A dequate fetoplacental blood flow is a critical element in the achievement of successful pregnancy outcome; this circu- topathologic standpoint, placentas that are ponent in appropriate uteroplacental function. The fetoplacental circulation is com- lation remains incompletely understood. affected by fetal growth restriction with ab- prised of umbilical and fetal vessels as Doppler studies have established that, in normal umbilical artery Doppler indices well as villous stem vessels and their fetal growth restriction because of utero- often demonstrate fetal stem vessel vaso- downstream branches. Unlike other vas- placental insufficiency, aberrant umbilical constriction and luminal obliteration.4,5 cular systems within the human body, arterial and venous blood flow may exist, Together, these clinical and pathologic the placental portion of this circulation which leads to potential risks of fetal hy- findings suggest that regulation of fetopla- lacks innervation, which suggests that poxemia and acidemia.1-3 From a his- cental vascular tone is an important com- autonomic regulation of its tone does not exist.6 Rather, fetoplacental vasomo- From the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology tor tone appears to be controlled primar- (Dr Su); the Division of Reproductive Biology Research, Department of Obstetrics and ily by humoral factors.7 Gynecology (Drs Lin, Yin, and Bulun, Mr Reierstad, and Ms Innes), and the Department of Prostanoids are 1 group of major reg- Pathology (Dr Zeine), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. ulators of the vasculature. They are de- This research was presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal–Fetal rived from metabolism of arachidonic Medicine, San Diego, CA, Jan. 26-31, 2009. acid by the endothelium and vascular Received Nov. 22, 2008; revised Jan. 7, 2009; accepted Jan. 21, 2009. smooth muscle cells and include the Reprints: Serdar E. Bulun, 303 E. Superior St., Lurie Building, 4-250, Chicago, IL 60611. prostaglandins (PGD2, PGE2, PGF2 ), prostacyclin (PGI2), and thromboxane Support for this research was provided by the AAOGF/SMFM Scholarship Award 2007-10 and Northwestern Memorial Foundation Private Donor Grant 2007-08. (TXA2; Figure 1).8 These substances are 0002-9378/free • © 2009 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved. • doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2009.01.025 important in the local regulation of vas- cular tone in both normal and abnormal physiologic states. Their mechanism of For Editors’ Commentary, see Table of Contents action occurs in an autocrine or para- crine fashion by binding to specific re- APRIL 2009 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 427.e1
  2. 2. Research Basic Science: Obstetrics respect to vascular physiologic develop- FIGURE 1 ment, they are known to regulate the ex- Immunohistochemical distribution of ESR2 pression of multiple vasodilator and va- soconstrictor proteins.19 ESR2 has been shown to be critical in maintenance of normal vascular physiologic develop- ment, where ESR2 knock-out mice dem- onstrate significant systolic and diastolic hypertension.20 Likewise, within endo- thelial cell cultures from other organs, both estradiol and an ESR2-specific agonist have been found to upregu- late cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inde- pendently, which leads to increased sub- strate (ie, PGH2) for the biosynthesis of the various downstream prostanoids.21-23 We previously demonstrated a method of isolating endothelial cells from the fetoplacental vessels; of the 2 estrogen receptors, these cells express only ESR2.22 The role of estrogen and ESR2 in balancing vascular prostanoid biosynthesis remains unclear, both within the fetoplacental compartment and within others. Our objective was to A, Villous endothelial cells demonstrate positivity for CD31, an endothelial cell–specific antigen. B, determine the role of ESR2 in the medi- These same villous endothelial cells exhibit endogenous expression of ESR2 within the nuclei ation of fetoplacental vascular function, (magnified inset shows nuclear staining). C, In contrast, there is no evidence of ESR1 expression and we hypothesized that ESR2 upregu- within term placental sections. D, Breast cancer tissue was used as a positive control for this ESR1 lates COX-2. This, in turn, may lead to antibody. Of note, there was also positive staining of ESR2 within the nuclei of villous syncytiotro- an alteration in the proper PGI2:TXA2 phoblast. ratio in an in vivo setting, which poten- Su. ESR2 and villous endothelial cells. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009. tially leads to a vicious cycle of vessel dys- function and injury. ceptors in target cells.8 Although PGE2 tional age–matched normal neonates.15 and PGF2 can contribute to vascular Furthermore, placental TXA2 produc- M ATERIALS AND M ETHODS phenotype, PGI2 and TXA2 appear to tion is increased in chronic placental in- Cellular isolation and culture play more vital roles within vascular sufficiency states.16 A balance between Human placental villous endothelial cell physiology.9 total vascular PGI2 and TXA2 may very isolation was performed, as previously Although platelet production of TXA2 well regulate the fetoplacental vasculature. described, after approval by the institu- is well established, recent data have dem- Within the human vasculature, estro- tional review board at Northwestern onstrated endothelial cell– derived syn- gen plays a vital role in blood vessel University and patient consent.22,24,25 thesis of this mediator.10-13 With the homeostasis. During pregnancy, the Cells were isolated from placentas from ability of the vasculature itself to synthe- human placenta produces dramatic uncomplicated pregnancies immedi- size both vasoconstricting and vasodilat- amounts of the various estrogens (ie, es- ately after delivery. None of the subjects ing mediators, an imbalance between tradiol, estrone, estriol). Estrogens affect were exposed to aspirin or other nonste- total TXA2 and PGI2 may lead to inap- numerous basic cellular functions that roidal medications throughout preg- propriate vasoconstriction and endothe- include gene expression, cellular prolif- nancy. Immunofluorescence confirmed lial cell and platelet activation. For in- eration, and cellular differentiation. purity of the cells (data not shown); stance, PGI2 limits the vasoconstrictive Their function occurs by activation of 1 based on previous data, primary cells response to TXA2 within the cardiovas- or both of 2 estrogen receptors (estrogen were used only through the fifth passage cular system.14 From an obstetric per- receptor-alpha [ESR1] and estrogen re- to avoid changes in phenotype.25 spective, neonatal PGI2 production is ceptor-beta [ESR2]).17,18 These estrogen Cells were cultured and treated with lower in those neonates with intrauter- receptors are expressed in a wide variety the use of phenol red-free media that was ine growth restriction because of chronic of tissue that includes endothelial cells supplemented with 5% fetal bovine se- placental insufficiency than in gesta- and vascular smooth muscle cells. With rum, bovine brain extract with heparin, 427.e2 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology APRIL 2009
  3. 3. Basic Science: Obstetrics Research epidermal growth factor, hydrocorti- burg, MD). Specific oligodeoxynucleotide performed after completion of all auto- sone, and gentamicin/amphotericin B primers for COX-2 were synthesized based radiographic studies with ImageJ soft- (Lonza, Walkersville, MD). Cells were on its published cDNA sequence (F: ware (National Institutes of Health, Be- starved in serum-free medium and 5=-GAATCATTTGAAGAACTTACAG- thesda, MD). treated with vehicle (ethyl alcohol GAG – 3=; R: 5=-GAGGCTTTTCTACCA- 1:1000; Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO), GAAGG – 3=). Primers against ESR2, aro- RNA interference estradiol (10–11 to 10– 6 mol/L; Sigma-Al- matase, and the constitutively expressed RNA oligonucleotides that were directed drich), the ESR2-specific agonist diaryl- 36B4 were also used as described in previ- against ESR2 and a mismatch negative propionitrile (10–11to 10– 6 mol/L; Tocris ous reports.26-28 Primer specificity was control small interfering RNA (siRNA) Bioscience, Ellisville, MO), or lipopoly- confirmed by single peaks demonstrated were purchased from Invitrogen. Pla- saccharide (from Escherichia coli 026:B6 by dissociation curves after amplification cental endothelial cells were cultured in 100 ng/mL; Sigma-Aldrich). of cDNA and a lack of amplification of media as previously described, but All experiments were performed on at genomic DNA. lacked gentamicin/amphotericin B. Cells least 3 representative subject samples, Real-time quantitative polymerase were plated at a density of 4.0 106 cells with each repeated in triplicate, with the chain reaction (PCR) was used to deter- per 10-cm dish 1 day before transfection use of cells between the first and fifth pas- mine the relative amounts of each tran- to achieve approximately 30-50% con- sage. The results of all the experiments script with the use of the DNA-binding fluence at the time of transfection. On were pooled; Western blots demonstrate dye SYBR green (Applied Biosystems, the day of transfection, the RNAiMAX representative images from 1 selected Foster City, CA) and the ABI Prism lipofectamine-based reagent (Invitro- subject. 7900HT Detection System (Applied Bio- gen) was combined in conjunction with systems). Cycling conditions started at 200 nmol/L siRNA duplexes that were Primary antibodies 50°C for 2 minutes followed by 95°C for diluted in Opti-Mem I (Invitrogen) and The following antibodies were used 10 minutes, then 40 cycles of 95°C for 15 applied to the cells. Six hours after the for immunohistochemistry: monoclonal seconds and 60°C for 1 minute. The cycle start of transfection, complete growth antibodies against ESR1 (Dako, Carpin- threshold (Ct) was placed at a set level at medium without antibiotics was added, teria, CA) and endothelial cell-specific which the exponential increase in PCR and cells were allowed to recover and antigen CD31 (Dako); and polyclonal amplification was approximately parallel proliferate. Of note, additional controls antibody against ESR2 (BioGenex, San between all samples. Relative fold- were performed simultaneously on cells Ramon, CA). For immunoblotting, the change was calculated by a comparison from 3 of the subjects. These controls in- following antibodies were used: mono- of Ct values between the target gene and cluded cells that were exposed only to clonal antibodies against beta-actin 36B4 as the reference guide. The 2– Ct Opti-Mem I media and cells undergoing (Sigma-Aldrich), ESR2 (Millipore, Bil- method was used to analyze these rela- mock transfection with exposure to lerica, MA), and COX-2 (Cell Signaling tive changes in gene expression.29 RNAiMAX lipid reagent in the absence Technology, Danvers, MA). of RNAi oligos. Cells were starved over- Immunohistochemistry Protein isolation and immunoblotting night, followed by treatment with vehicle Placentas from uncomplicated pregnan- Placental endothelial cells were lysed or estradiol (10–7 mol/L) for 24 hours. cies were obtained after delivery and with the use of Mammalian Protein Ex- This was timed to allow for RNA and fixed, paraffin-embedded, and processed traction Reagent (M-PER; Pierce, Rock- protein isolation at 48 and 72 hours, re- by the Pathology Core Facility at North- ford, IL). Protein concentrations were spectively, from the start of transfection. western University. Antigen retrieval determined by colorimetric BCA Protein was performed with citrate buffer, and Assay (Pierce); equal concentrations Enzyme immunoassay the primary antibodies that were de- were loaded in each well. Samples were Villous endothelial cells were treated scribed earlier were used. Immunoreac- subjected to polyacrylamide gel electro- with vehicle or estradiol or prepared for tivity was determined with the use of phoresis (Bio-Rac, Hercules, CA) and RNA interference studies as described horseradish peroxidase-conjugated sec- transferred onto nitrocellulose mem- earlier. Cells were serum- and supple- ondary antibody, followed by addition of branes (Invitrogen). Membranes were ment-starved in basal media overnight at diaminobenzidine substrate. probed with antibodies as described 36 hours from the start of transfection. earlier. Antirabbit and antimouse im- The medium was replaced the next RNA isolation and real-time munoglobulin G that was conjugated to morning. Twenty-four hours later, cell polymerase chain reaction horseradish peroxidase (Cell Signaling culture supernatant was collected, cen- Total RNA from primary endothelial cell Technology) were used as secondary an- trifuged to remove any cellular contam- cultures was extracted with Tri-Reagent tibodies. Immunoreactive bands were inants, and transferred to a fresh tube. (Sigma-Aldrich). One microgram of RNA visualized with an enhanced chemilumi- Enzyme immunoassays were performed was reverse transcribed with the Q-script nescence detection system (GE Health- for thromboxane B2 (TXB2; main me- Flex complementary DNA (cDNA) Syn- care, Piscataway, NJ). Quantification of tabolite of TXA2) and 6-keto-prosta- thesis Kit (Quanta Biosciences, Gaithers- chemiluminescence signal intensity was glandin F1 alpha (6-keto-PGF1 ; main APRIL 2009 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 427.e3
  4. 4. Research Basic Science: Obstetrics FIGURE 2 Cyclooxygenase-2 response to estradiol treatment A, Real-time PCR demonstrates minimal induction of COX-2 mRNA levels; the 10–7 mol/L dose yields a 1.05-fold change. aP .03. B, Estradiol time-course demonstrates statistically significant induction of COX-2 mRNA at 1, 4, and 8 hours. bP .05. With the exception of 1.62-fold induction at 1 hour (P .05), COX-2 mRNA induction varies between 0.98-fold and 1.06-fold change at all other time points. C, COX-2 protein expression is inducible with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment, but not with estradiol or the ESR2-agonist diarylpropionitrile (DPN). D, Graphic depiction of COX-2 autoradiographic intensities with the use of ImageJ software confirms that there is significant induction of COX-2 protein with lipopolysaccharide. cP .0005. Veh, vehicle. Su. ESR2 and villous endothelial cells. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009. metabolite of PGI2) with a commer- R ESULTS cular endothelium of certain organs.23,30 cial kit that used competitive substrate- In vivo distribution of ESR2 Within our model of fetoplacental endo- acetylcholinesterase assays (Cayman in term placentas thelial cells, there was no consistent Chemical, Ann Arbor, MI). Concentra- Cellular distribution of ESR1 and ESR2 COX-2 induction with estradiol treat- tions were normalized to total protein was evaluated by immunohistochemistry ment in a dose- or time-dependent fash- concentrations. in uncomplicated, term placentas. Immu- ion (Figure 2, A and B). This was repro- noreactive ESR2 was detectable readily in duced with another less potent ESR2 Statistical analysis the nuclei of the villous endothelial cells ligand, estrone, and diarylpropionitrile The data from all experiments were and syncytiotrophoblast (Figure 1). Sur- treatment (data not shown). We did note pooled; numeric data are reported as prisingly, ESR1 was not detected. Of note, a 1.62-fold increase in COX-2 messenger means of the 3 replicates performed human breast cancer tissue was used as a RNA (mRNA) after 1 hour of estradiol within 1 subject, with error bars that rep- positive control for ESR1. treatment (P .05). Similarly, statistical resent SEM. Statistical analysis for com- COX-2 is not induced by estradiol analysis also demonstrated significant parison of treatment groups was per- or diarylpropionitrile in villous changes with 10–7 mol/L treatment at 4 formed with the Student t test or analysis endothelial cells and 8 hours, although the maximal fold- of variance followed by the Scheffe mul- Previous studies have demonstrated es- change that was seen was only 1.06. Al- tiple comparison test, when appropriate. tradiol induction of COX-2 within vas- though statistically significant, this de- 427.e4 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology APRIL 2009
  5. 5. Basic Science: Obstetrics Research gree of induction was minimal and of FIGURE 3 uncertain relevance from a mechanistic ESR2 knock-down effects on cyclooxygenase-2 expression standpoint. From a protein standpoint, there did not appear to be any COX-2 induction with estradiol or diarylpropio- nitrile, whereas COX-2 protein levels were inducible when lipopolysaccharide was used as a positive control (Figure 2, C and D). Human placental villous endothelial cells do not express endogenous aromatase Endothelial cell aromatase expression has been described previously and ap- pears organ dependent.31 With real-time PCR, aromatase cycle threshold expres- sion was undetectable in our villous en- dothelial cell model in 5 subjects. Of note, cDNA from MCF-7 breast cancer cells that were used as a positive control demonstrated the presence of low, but detectable, expression (average Ct value, 34.98). COX-2 expression is decreased in the setting of ESR2 knock-down The lack of COX-2 induction with estra- diol treatment or in the setting of an ESR2-specific agonist was surprising. To confirm that estrogen and ESR2 did not mediate COX-2 induction within villous endothelial cells, we used RNA interfer- ence to knock down ESR2 within our cultured villous endothelial cells. Trans- fection of ESR2 siRNA led to a consistent knock-down of ESR2 mRNA by no A, Real-time PCR demonstrates that ESR2 mRNA expression is decreased by no less than 84% after 84%, and these results were not altered ESR2 knock-down in comparison with transfection with nontarget, mismatch siRNA. aP .0001. by estradiol treatment (P .0001; Figure This effect occurs regardless of vehicle or estradiol (E2) treatment. B, COX-2 mRNA levels are also 3, A). Similarly, COX-2 mRNA levels ablated significantly in the setting of ESR2 knock-down; again, this appears independent of estradiol also were ablated significantly in the set- treatment. bP .001. C and D, Representative Western blots with graphic depiction of pooled data ting of ESR2 knock-down; again, this ap- show that there are no significant differences in COX-2 or ESR2 protein levels in the absence of peared independent of estradiol treat- transfection reagent with exposure to lipid transfection reagent alone or transfection with nontarget ment (P .001; Figure 3, B). Although siRNA (lanes 1-3). In contrast, there is a trend toward ESR2 protein expression decrease with ESR2 ESR2 protein knock-down was less dra- knock-down with a concomitant significant decrease in COX-2 protein (lane 4). As shown in lanes matic, pooled image analyses of all West- 5-8, COX-2 protein levels are decreased significantly in the setting of ESR2 knock-down, regardless ern blots demonstrated an approximate of vehicle treatment (V) or estradiol (E2) treatment. cP .06; dP .05. 50% knock-down in ESR2 protein (Fig- Su. ESR2 and villous endothelial cells. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009. ure 3, C and D). This led to concomitant decreases in COX-2 protein levels that occurred in the presence and absence of TXB2 and 6-keto-prostaglandin endothelial cells and platelets locally and treatment (P .05; Figure 3, C and D). F1 levels are decreased exerts its effect in an autocrine or para- Of note, there was no effect noted on after ESR2 knock-down crine manner.8,32 It then is converted COX-2 or ESR2 expression in the absence TXA2, which is one of the main prosta- rapidly (nonenzymatically) to its metab- of transfection conditions or in the pres- noids responsible for vasoconstriction olite TXB2.33 Similarly, PGI2, which is ence of lipid transfection reagent alone. and platelet activation, is formed by both synthesized primarily by endothelial APRIL 2009 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 427.e5
  6. 6. Research Basic Science: Obstetrics within the 12 subjects without significant FIGURE 4 COX-2 induction, lipopolysaccharide 6-keto-PGF1 and TXB2-concentrations after ESR2 interference was able to stimulate a response, thereby demonstrating the potential to capture COX-2 induction within our model.35 Another possible explanation was that endogenous estrogen exists within the culture system. Certain endothelial cells are capable of synthesizing estrogen through aromatase; in our system, this may have negated any further exogenous estradiol that was added to the culture medium. To test this hypothesis, we per- formed real-time PCR using validated In the absence of estradiol, ESR2 knock-down leads to significant decreases in endothelial cell aromatase primer-probes on endothelial contributions of both A, 6-keto-PGF1 (aP .0001) and B, TXB2 (bP .005). The percent change cell cDNA from 5 separate subjects. Aro- in both is similar (67% vs 64%). Su. ESR2 and villous endothelial cells. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009. matase Ct values were undetectable in all, whereas cDNA from MCF-7 breast can- cer cells that were used as a positive con- cells and leads to vascular smooth mus- sults in this study confirm endogenous trol demonstrated the presence of low, cle relaxation, is converted rapidly to its expression of ESR2 within villous endo- but detectable, expression. Without the metabolite 6-keto-PGF1 .32 Enzyme thelial cells and negate the possibility of presence of endogenous estrogen, an- immunoassays of cells that were treated induction from the isolation process it- other possibility was that our in vitro with a dose-dependent course of estra- self. Thus, with the presence of ESR2, it culture system was inadvertently and in- diol did not demonstrate any significant was anticipated that estrogenic com- consistently affecting coactivators or changes in TXB2 or 6-keto-PGF1 levels pounds would induce COX-2 within vil- corepressors. This could explain the fact (data not shown). To elucidate down- lous endothelial cells. that 5-fold induction was seen in 2 sub- stream effects of ESR2 and COX-2 abla- It should be noted that there did ap- jects. The final possibility was that ESR2 tion, we performed enzyme immunoas- pear to be a significant induction of itself was not an actual mediator of says for TXB2 and 6-keto-PGF1 in the COX-2 at 1 hour. However, this value COX-2 and prostanoid biosynthesis. To setting of nontarget siRNA transfection was driven primarily by results from 2 address this, we performed RNA inter- and ESR2 siRNA transfection in the ab- subjects that demonstrated approxi- ference studies knocking down ESR2; sence of treatment. These results demon- mately 5-fold induction of COX-2 at 1 surprisingly, we found striking decreases strated corresponding decreases in both hour. Within the remaining 12 subjects, in COX-2 mRNA and protein levels with TXB2 and 6-keto-PGF1 concentra- fold-induction varied from 0.92-1.31 at ESR2 knock-down. This occurred both tions in cell culture supernatant (P 1 hour, which was unlikely to be biolog- in the basal untreated state and under es- .0001 and P .005, respectively; Figure 4). ically relevant. Similarly, there was statis- tradiol-treatment conditions. tical significance noted at the 10–7 mol/L The implications of ESR2 mediation C OMMENT dose point, the 4-hour time point, and of COX-2 within fetoplacental endothe- In this study, we found that, unlike other the 8-hour time point. Of these 3 specific lial cells, even in the untreated basal endothelial cells such as those within points, maximal fold-induction was state, are important for a number of rea- uterine vasculature, COX-2 was not in- 1.06, which again, although statistically sons. It is possible that ESR2 is a major duced reliably by direct estrogenic stim- significant, likely did not carry biologic regulator of COX-2, where a 50% decre- uli within villous endothelial cells. Yet, 1 significance. ment in expression of a major transcrip- of the main receptors for the various es- The discrepancy between subjects at 1 tion factor may be adequate to induce trogens, ESR2, appears to be an impor- hour was surprising, especially because significant changes to downstream tant mediator in the prostanoid biosyn- ESR2 was expressed endogenously, and genes.36 Furthermore, to our knowledge, thesis pathway. various possible explanations were con- ligand-independent regulation of vascu- We previously demonstrated ESR2 ex- sidered. First, nongenomic induction of lar function and vasomotor tone has not pression as the sole estrogen receptor COX-2 was considered, and treatment at been described previously, and this pos- within total cellular protein of cultured 5, 15, and 30 minutes was performed, sibility warrants further investigation. villous endothelial cells.22 Other investi- with no induction noted of COX-2 (data To accomplish this, it will be important gators, however, have described induc- not shown). To confirm that COX-2 was to rule out less traditional ligands such as ible ESR2 expression under certain con- indeed inducible in villous endothelial estriol.37 It will also be essential to eluci- ditions that include shear laminar cells of all subjects, lipopolysaccharide date the regions of the COX-2 promoter stress.34 Our immunohistochemical re- was used as a positive control. Even that are stimulated by ESR2. Several po- 427.e6 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology APRIL 2009
  7. 7. Basic Science: Obstetrics Research tential candidate DNA-binding sites ex- noid biosynthesis. In the future, it will be standing of the pathophysiologic mech- ist and include multiple estrogen re- important to investigate the direct effects anisms behind chronic placental insuffi- sponse element (ERE) half-sites (eg, of ESR2 on TXA2 synthase and PGI2 ciency states. f – 832/– 827, –1493/–1398, – 4671/– 4666) synthase gene expression. Furthermore, based on results from the “Transcription even if ESR2 does not mediate these REFERENCES Element Search System,” a computer- genes directly and affects TXA2 and 1. Baschat AA. Pathophysiology of fetal growth assisted homology search.38 Although PGI2 production solely through control restriction: implications for diagnosis and sur- veillance. Obstet Gynecol Surv 2004;59: there do not appear to be any classic ERE of PGH2 substrate, investigation sur- 617-27. consensus sequences (aGTTCAnnnT- rounding the effects of altered PGH2 2. 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