The effect of estradiol on the expression of estrogen, progesterone, androgen, and prolactin receptors in human peritoneal fibroblasts

Laura Detti, Ghassan M. Saed, Zhong L. Jiang, Michael L. Kruger, Michael P. Diamond

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Purpose: To assess the ability of fibroblasts isolated from normal peritoneum and adhesion tissues to express various hormone receptors when cultured with exogenous estradiol. Methods: Primary cultures of fibroblasts from normal human peritoneum and adhesion tissue were treated with zero (control), 10-10, 10-8, and 10-6 M concentrations of 17β-estradiol. We performed real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction to determine mRNA levels of estradiol-α receptor (ER-α) and estradiol-β receptor (ER-β), progesterone receptor (P-R), androgen receptor (A-R), and prolactin receptor (PRL-R) in the two types of fibroblast cultures. Results: In the control groups, P-R and A-R were higher in normal than in adhesion fibroblasts. In adhesion cells, ER-α were higher at 10-8 estradiol; ER-β were higher at 10-6 M estradiol; P-R remained constant; A-R showed a higher expression at 10 -10 and 10-8 M estradiol; and PRL-R showed an exponential increase at 10-10 M estradiol. Conclusions: The inflammatory-like changes manifested by adhesion fibroblasts enhance the anabolic hormones receptor expression (ER-α, ER-β, PRL, and A-R), when exposed to estradiol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Adhesions
  • Ex-vivo study
  • Fibroblasts
  • Hormone receptors
  • Ovulation induction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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