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Absent or Excessive Corpus Luteum Number Is Associated With Altered Maternal Vascular Health in Early Pregnancy

Hypertension. 2019 Mar;73(3):680-690. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12046.

von Versen-Höynck F1,2, Narasimhan P3, Selamet Tierney ES4, Martinez N3, Conrad KP5, Baker VL1, Winn VD3. Author information Abstract Identifying modifiable factors that contribute to preeclampsia risk associated with assisted reproduction can improve maternal health. Vascular dysfunction predates clinical presentation of preeclampsia. Therefore, we examined if a nonphysiological hormonal milieu, a modifiable state, affects maternal vascular health in early pregnancy. Blood pressure, endothelial function, circulating endothelial progenitor cell numbers, lipid levels, and corpus luteum (CL) hormones were compared in a prospective cohort of women with infertility history based on number of CL: 0 CL (programmed frozen embryo transfer [FET], N=18); 1 CL (spontaneous conception [N=16] and natural cycle FET [N=12]); or >3 CL associated with in vitro fertilization [N=11]. Women with 0 or >3 CL lacked the drop in mean arterial blood pressure compared with those with 1 CL (both P=0.05). Reactive hyperemia index was impaired in women with 0 CL compared with 1 CL ( P=0.04) while baseline pulse wave amplitude was higher with > 3 CL compared with 1 CL ( P=0.01) or 0 CL ( P=0.01). Comparing only FET cycles, a lower reactive hyperemia index and a higher augmentation index is noted in FETs with suppressed CL compared with FETs in a natural cycle (both P=0.03). The number of angiogenic and nonangiogenic circulating endothelial progenitor cell numbers was lower in the absence of a CL in FETs ( P=0.01 and P=0.03). Vascular health in early pregnancy is altered in women with aberrant numbers of CL (0 or >3) and might represent insufficient cardiovascular adaptation contributing to an increased risk of preeclampsia. KEYWORDS: corpus luteum; endothelial progenitor cells; infertility; pregnancy; vascular endothelium PMID: 30636549


Transcriptional activity of oestrogen receptors in the course of embryo development

J Endocrinol. 2018 Sep;238(3):165-176. doi: 10.1530/JOE-18-0003.

Della Torre S1,2, Rando G1,2, Meda C1,2, Ciana P3, Ottobrini L4, Maggi A5,2.


Oestrogens are well-known proliferation and differentiation factors that play an essential role in the correct development of sex-related organs and behaviour in mammals. With the use of the ERE-Luc reporter mouse model, we show herein that throughout mouse development, oestrogen receptors (ERs) are active starting from day 12 post conception. Most interestingly, we show that prenatal luciferase expression in each organ is proportionally different in relation to the germ layer of the origin. The luciferase content is highest in ectoderm-derived organs (such as brain and skin) and is lowest in endoderm-derived organs (such as liver, lung, thymus and intestine). Consistent with the testosterone surge occurring in male mice at the end of pregnancy, in the first 2 days after birth, we observed a significant increase in the luciferase content in several organs, including the liver, bone, gonads and hindbrain. The results of the present study show a widespread transcriptional activity of ERs in developing embryos, pointing to the potential contribution of these receptors in the development of non-reproductive as well as reproductive organs. Consequently, the findings reported here might be relevant in explaining the significant differences in male and female physiopathology reported by a growing number of studies and may underline the necessity for more systematic analyses aimed at the identification of the prenatal effects of drugs interfering with ER signalling, such as aromatase inhibitors or endocrine disrupter chemicals. KEYWORDS: embryo development; oestrogen receptors; reporter mice; sex differences; transcriptional activity



Review - Angiogenesis in the human corpus luteum

Reprod Med Biol. 2008 Apr 17;7(2):91-103. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0578.2008.00205.x. eCollection 2008 Jun.

Sugino N1, Matsuoka A1, Taniguchi K1, Tamura H1.


Angiogenesis is important for the formation and development of the corpus luteum and for maintenance of luteal function. Blood vessel regression is an important physiological phenomenon in the corpus luteum, which is associated with tissue involution during structural luteolysis. Angiogenesis actively occurs during the early luteal phase and is completed by the mid-luteal phase. Perivascular cells (pericytes) increase in number from the early luteal phase to the mid-luteal phase, suggesting that blood vessels are gradually stabilized until the mid-luteal phase. In the corpus luteum undergoing luteolysis, blood vessels and pericytes decrease in number, which is related to structural involution. In the corpus luteum of early pregnancy, the number of blood vessels with pericytes increases, suggesting that angiogenesis occurs again, accompanied by blood vessel stabilization. These changes in vasculature of the corpus luteum are regulated by the collaboration with vascular endothelial growth factor, which is involved in proliferation of vascular endothelial cells, and angiopoietins, which are involved in stabilization of blood vessels. This review focuses on angiogenesis, blood vessel stabilization and blood vessel regression during the divergent phases of luteal formation, luteal regression and luteal rescue by pregnancy. (Reprod Med Biol 2008; 7: 91-103). KEYWORDS: angiogenesis; angiopoietin; blood flow; corpus luteum; vascular endothelial growth factor PMID: 29699289 PMCID: PMC5904659 DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0578.2008.00205.x

Immune cells contribute to systemic cross-talk between the embryo and mother during early pregnancy in cooperation with the endocrine system

Reprod Med Biol. 2006 Mar 1;5(1):19-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0578.2006.00119.x. eCollection 2006 Mar.

Fujiwara H1.


In early pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) stimulates the corpus luteum to produce progesterone that in turn maintains human embryo implantation in the uterus. This inevitable communication through blood circulation can be called 'systemic cross-talk between the embryo and mother'. Despite considerable evidence suggesting that the human corpus luteum cannot be maintained by HCG alone, no other responsible soluble factors have been proposed. We found that peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) derived from pregnant women promoted progesterone production by human luteal cells and propose that both hormones and immune cells participate in this systemic cross-talk. This systemic cross-talk by immune cells is believed to operate in embryo implantation. Splenocytes derived from pregnant mice promoted endometrial differentiation and embryo implantation in vivo. Human PBMC derived from women early in pregnancy promoted invasion of murine embryos in vitro. In addition, recombinant HCG increased the effects of human PBMC on murine embryo invasion. Human chorionic gonadotropin also increased chemokine production by human PBMC through a lectin-glycan interaction, which is a primitive pathway in the immune system. Furthermore, chemokines were shown to induce human trophoblast invasion. These findings suggest that the immune system positively contributes to systemic cross-talk between the embryo and mother in cooperation with the endocrine system. (Reprod Med Biol 2006; 5: 19-29). KEYWORDS: corpus luteum; cross‐talk; embryo implantation; endometrial differentiation; trophoblast invasion PMID: 29699232 PMCID: PMC5906956 DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0578.2006.00119.x

MiR-29b affects the secretion of PROG and promotes the proliferation of bovine corpus luteum cells

PLoS One. 2018 Apr 4;13(4):e0195562. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195562. eCollection 2018.

Xu MQ1, Jiang H1, Zhang LQ2, Sun XL1, Luo D1, Fu Y1, Gao Y1, Yuan B1, Zhang JB1.


The regulatory role of miRNAs has been explored in ovarian cells, and their effects on gonadal development, apoptosis, ovulation, steroid production and corpus luteum (CL) development have been revealed. In this study, we analyzed the expression of miR-29b at different stages of bovine CL development and predicted the target genes of miR-29b. We confirmed that miR-29b reduces the expression of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR), affects progesterone (PROG) secretion and regulates the function of the CL. RT-PCR showed that the expression of miR-29b was significantly higher in functional CL phases than in the regressed CL phase. Immunohistochemistry showed that OXTR was expressed in both large and small CL cells and was mainly located in the cell membrane and cytoplasm of these cells. We analyzed the expression levels of OXTR and found that transfection with a miR-29b mimic decreased OXTR expression, but transfection with the inhibitor had a limited effect on the expression of the OXTR protein. At the same time, the secretion of PROG was significantly increased in the miR-29b mimic-transfected group. We also analyzed the effect of miR-29b on the apoptosis of CL cells. Finally, we found that miR-29b could promote the proliferation of bovine CL cells. In conclusion, we found that miR-29b reduces the expression of OXTR and can promote PROG secretion and the proliferation of CL cells via OXTR. PMID: 29617446 PMCID: PMC5884578 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195562

  1. Della Torre S, Rando G, Meda C, Ciana P, Ottobrini L & Maggi A. (2018). Transcriptional activity of oestrogen receptors in the course of embryo development. J. Endocrinol. , 238, 165-176. PMID: 30012715 DOI.