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Zhu, Junyan; Mayr, Doris; Kuhn, Christina; Mahner, Sven; Jeschke, Udo; Schönfeldt, Viktoria von (2018): Prostaglandin E2 receptor EP1 in healthy and diseased human endometrium. In: Histochemistry and Cell Biology, Vol. 149, No. 2: pp. 153-160
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Abstract

Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is well described to be associated with both endometrial functions and disorders. The primary aim of this study was to explore the underlying mechanisms that affect the growth and function of endometrial epithelium and stroma by assessing the staining intensity of PGE2 receptors (EP) in healthy endometrium across the menstrual cycle and in pathological endometrium, such as ovarian endometriosis and endometrial cancer. We retrospectively analyzed the EPs staining intensity in human nonpregnant endometrium throughout the menstrual cycle by immunohistochemistry and further focused on EP1 (n = 42). The variation of EP1 was compared among healthy endometrium, ovarian endometriosis (n = 14), and endometrial cancer (n = 140) crosswise. EP1 presented cyclical changes with increased intensity in both epithelium and stroma during the proliferative phase. EP1 staining in the epithelium was increased in endometriotic tissue compared to healthy endometrium and tumor tissue, while in the stroma, the staining in the tumor was lower than that in both normal tissue and endometriosis. No significant differences in EP1 intensity were detected for histological, stage, grading, metastatic and recurrent subtypes in endometrial cancer. EP1 was also correlated with neither progression-free survival nor overall survival of patients with cancer. EP1 staining in progesterone receptor B (PRB)-positive tumor was stronger compared to PRB-negative tumor. EP1 may play a role in human endometrial physiology and pathology. Further studies on the effect of EP1 on human endometrium are needed.