COUP-TFII mediates progesterone regulation of uterine implantation by controlling ER activity.

Isao Kurihara, Dong Kee Lee, Fabrice G. Petit, Jaewook Jeong, Kevin Lee, John P. Lydon, Francesco J. DeMayo, Ming Jer Tsai, Sophia Y. Tsai

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Progesterone and estrogen are critical regulators of uterine receptivity. To facilitate uterine remodeling for embryo attachment, estrogen activity in the uterine epithelia is attenuated by progesterone; however, the molecular mechanism by which this occurs is poorly defined. COUP-TFII (chicken ovalbumin upstream promoter transcription factor II; also known as NR2F2), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is highly expressed in the uterine stroma and its expression is regulated by the progesterone-Indian hedgehog-Patched signaling axis that emanates from the epithelium. To further assess COUP-TFII uterine function, a conditional COUP-TFII knockout mouse was generated. This mutant mouse is infertile due to implantation failure, in which both embryo attachment and uterine decidualization are impaired. Using this animal model, we have identified a novel genetic pathway in which BMP2 lies downstream of COUP-TFII. Epithelial progesterone-induced Indian hedgehog regulates stromal COUP-TFII, which in turn controls BMP2 to allow decidualization to manifest in vivo. Interestingly, enhanced epithelial estrogen activity, which impedes maturation of the receptive uterus, was clearly observed in the absence of stromal-derived COUP-TFII. This finding is consistent with the notion that progesterone exerts its control of implantation through uterine epithelial-stromal cross-talk and reveals that stromal-derived COUP-TFII is an essential mediator of this complex cross-communication pathway. This finding also provides a new signaling paradigm for steroid hormone regulation in female reproductive biology, with attendant implications for furthering our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie dysregulation of hormonal signaling in such human reproductive disorders as endometriosis and endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS Genetics
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun
Externally publishedYes

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Progesterone
progesterone
embryo
estrogens
reproductive disorder
Estrogens
Hedgehogs
Erinaceidae
COUP Transcription Factor II
reproductive biology
steroid
embryo (animal)
epithelium
Embryonic Structures
Epithelium
Mediator Complex
hormone
maturation
cancer
reproductive disorders

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  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics(clinical)

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COUP-TFII mediates progesterone regulation of uterine implantation by controlling ER activity. / Kurihara, Isao; Lee, Dong Kee; Petit, Fabrice G.; Jeong, Jaewook; Lee, Kevin; Lydon, John P.; DeMayo, Francesco J.; Tsai, Ming Jer; Tsai, Sophia Y.

In: PLoS Genetics, Vol. 3, No. 6, 06.2007.

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Kurihara, I, Lee, DK, Petit, FG, Jeong, J, Lee, K, Lydon, JP, DeMayo, FJ, Tsai, MJ & Tsai, SY 2007, 'COUP-TFII mediates progesterone regulation of uterine implantation by controlling ER activity.', PLoS Genetics, vol. 3, no. 6. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.0030102
Kurihara, Isao ; Lee, Dong Kee ; Petit, Fabrice G. ; Jeong, Jaewook ; Lee, Kevin ; Lydon, John P. ; DeMayo, Francesco J. ; Tsai, Ming Jer ; Tsai, Sophia Y. / COUP-TFII mediates progesterone regulation of uterine implantation by controlling ER activity. In: PLoS Genetics. 2007 ; Vol. 3, No. 6.
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