Stem Cells in Endometriosis

Caroline E. Gargett, Hirotaka Masuda, Gareth C. Weston

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Abstract

A growing body of evidence indicates that adult stem/progenitor cells reside in the human endometrium, and it is likely they are responsible for its remarkable capacity to regenerate the functional layer following menstruation. Rare cells with epithelial progenitor or mesenchymal stem activity have recently been discovered, and the mesenchymal stem cell-like cells can be isolated from human endometrium as CD146+PDGFR+ cells. Endometrial epithelial progenitors are postulated to reside in the bases of glands in the basalis layer, while the mesenchymal stem cell-like cells are found in both basalis and functionalis in a perivascular location. Endometrial stem/progenitor cells may be derived from residual fetal stem cells, although emerging evidence suggests that the bone marrow may also contribute to the pool of adult stem cells. The presence of mesenchymal stem cells in menstrual blood indicates that endometrial stem/progenitor cells may be retrogradely shed during menstruation via the fallopian tubes into the peritoneal cavity and give rise to endometriotic lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEndometriosis: Science and Practice
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages130-139
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781444332131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 25
Externally publishedYes

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Endometriosis
Stem Cells
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Adult Stem Cells
Menstruation
Endometrium
Fetal Stem Cells
Fallopian Tubes
Peritoneal Cavity
Bone Marrow
Epithelial Cells

Keywords

  • Adult stem cells
  • Endometriosis
  • Endometrium
  • Epithelial progenitor cells
  • Human
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Gargett, C. E., Masuda, H., & Weston, G. C. (2012). Stem Cells in Endometriosis. In Endometriosis: Science and Practice (pp. 130-139). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444398519.ch12

Stem Cells in Endometriosis. / Gargett, Caroline E.; Masuda, Hirotaka; Weston, Gareth C.

Endometriosis: Science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. p. 130-139.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gargett, CE, Masuda, H & Weston, GC 2012, Stem Cells in Endometriosis. in Endometriosis: Science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 130-139. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444398519.ch12
Gargett CE, Masuda H, Weston GC. Stem Cells in Endometriosis. In Endometriosis: Science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012. p. 130-139 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444398519.ch12
Gargett, Caroline E. ; Masuda, Hirotaka ; Weston, Gareth C. / Stem Cells in Endometriosis. Endometriosis: Science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. pp. 130-139
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