Production of prostaglandin F(2α) by cultured bovine endometrial cells in response to tumor necrosis factor α: Cell type specificity and intracellular mechanisms

Dariusz J. Skarzynski, Yoko Miyamoto, Kiyoshi Okuda

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Abstract

Tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) has been shown to be a potent stimulator of prostaglandin (PG) F(2α) secretion in the bovine endometrium. The aims of the present study were to determine the cell types in the endometrium (epithelial or stromal cells) responsible for the secretion of PGF(2α) in response to TNFα, and the intracellular mechanisms of TNFα action. Cultured bovine epithelial and stromal cells were exposed to TNFα (0.006-6 nM) or oxytocin (100 nM) for 4 h. TNFα resulted in a dose-dependent increase of PGF(2α) production in the stromal cells (P < 0.001) but not in the epithelial cells. On the other hand, oxytocin stimulated PGF(2α) output in the epithelial cells but not in the stromal cells. When the stromal cells were incubated for 24 h with TNFα and inhibitors of phospholipase (PL) C or PLA2, only PLA2 inhibitor completely stopped the actions of TNFα (P < 0.001). When the stromal cells were exposed to TNFα and arachidonic acid, the action of TNFα was augmented (P < 0.001). When the stromal cells were incubated for 24 h with a nitric oxide (NO) donor (S-NAP), S-NAP stimulated the PGF(2α) production dose-dependently. Although an NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor (L-NAME) reduced TNFα-stimulated PGF(2α) production, an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase augmented the actions of TNFα and S-NAP (P < 0.05). The overall results indicate that the target of TNFα for stimulation of PGF(2α) production in cattle is the endometrial stromal cells, and that the actions of TNFα are mediated via the activation of PLA2 and arachidonic acid conversion. Moreover, TNFα may exert a stimulatory effect on PGF(2α) production via the induction of NOS and the subsequent NO-cGMP formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1116-1120
Number of pages5
JournalBiology of reproduction
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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