Detection of the pan neuronal marker PGP9.5 by immuno-histochemistry and quantitative PCR in eutopic endometrium from women with and without endometriosis.

Zevallos, Héctor Barrera-Villa; Mc Kinnon, Brett; Tokushige, Natsuko; Mueller, Michael; Fraser, Ian S; Bersinger, Nick A. (2015). Detection of the pan neuronal marker PGP9.5 by immuno-histochemistry and quantitative PCR in eutopic endometrium from women with and without endometriosis. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics, 291(1), pp. 85-91. Springer 10.1007/s00404-014-3379-1

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PURPOSE To assess endometrial gene as well as protein expression of neuroendocrine and supposedly endometriosis-associated product PGP9.5 and pain symptoms in women with endometriosis and controls undergoing laparoscopy, using molecular biological and immuno-histochemical approaches in the same patients. METHODS Biopsy of eutopic endometrium from 29 patients by sharp curettage, and preparation of paraffin blocks. Determination of PGP9.5 gene expression and protein abundance using qPCR and immuno-histochemistry. RESULTS qPCR; The PGP9.5 mRNA expression level between women with (N = 16) and without (N = 13) endometriosis was not different, regardless of pain symptoms or menstrual cycle phase. PGP9.5 expression was higher in women who reported pain compared to those who did not; however, this association was not statistically significant. The expression of PGP9.5 mRNA was higher in women with endometriosis and pain during the proliferative than in the secretory phase (P = 0.03). Furthermore, in the first half of the cycle, the abundance of the PGP9.5 transcript was also significantly higher in endometriosis patients compared to those without (P = 0.03). Immuno-histochemistry; Thirteen of the 16 endometriosis patients showed positive PGP9.5 immuno-reactivity in the endometrium, whereas no such signal was observed in women without endometriosis. The absolute number of nerve fibres per mm(2) in women with endometriosis was similar, regardless of the pain symptoms. CONCLUSIONS PGP9.5 mRNA expression is increased in the proliferative phase of endometriotic women with pain. The presence of nerve fibres was demonstrated by a PGP9.5 protein signal in immuno-histochemistry and restricted to patients with endometriosis. Based on these results, however, there did not appear to be a direct association between the gene expression and protein abundance in women with and without endometriosis or those that experienced pain.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DBMR Forschung Mu35 > Forschungsgruppe Endometriose und gynäkologische Onkologie
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DBMR Forschung Mu35 > Forschungsgruppe Endometriose und gynäkologische Onkologie

UniBE Contributor:

Mc Kinnon, Brett; Mueller, Michael and Bersinger, Nick A.

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0932-0067

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Zehr

Date Deposited:

29 Jun 2015 17:08

Last Modified:

26 Nov 2015 14:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00404-014-3379-1

PubMed ID:

25047272

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.69841

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69841

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