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Mass spectrometry identification of potential mediators of progestin-only contraceptive-induced abnormal uterine bleeding in human endometrial stromal cells.

Contraception (2014-12-23)
John P Shapiro, Murat Basar, Umit A Kayisli, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, S Joseph Huang, Adrian A Suarez, Hatice Gulcin Ozer, Frederick Schatz, Charles J Lockwood
ABSTRACT

Thrombin and hypoxia each target human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) to mediate long-acting progestin-only contraceptive (LAPC)-induced abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). Thus, the secretome resulting from treatment of primary cultures of HESCs with thrombin or hypoxia was screened by mass spectrometry (MS) to detect potential protein mediators that lead to AUB. Cultured HESCs were primed with estradiol±medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) or etonogestrel (ETO), the respective progestins in MPA-injected and ETO-implanted LAPCs, and then treated by incubation with thrombin or under hypoxia. Collected conditioned medium supernatants were used for protein identification and quantitation of potential AUB mediators by liquid chromatography combined with tandem mass spectrometry analysis. Microarray analysis of parallel cultures and immunostaining of endometrial biopsies of LAPC users vs. nonusers corroborated MS results. MS identified several proteins displaying changes in expression levels from either thrombin or hypoxia treatments that are integral to angiogenesis or extracellular matrix formation. Several MS-identified proteins were confirmed by mRNA microarray analysis. Overexpressed stanniocalcin-1 (STC-1) was observed in endometrium of LAPC users. Unlike controls, all LAPC users displayed endometrial tubal metaplasia (ETM). MS analysis identified many proteins that can affect angiogenesis or vessel integrity, thereby contributing to AUB. Confirmation of STC-1 overexpression in LAPC users and microarray data supports the validity of the MS data and suggests STC-1 involvement in AUB. The discovery of ETM in LAPC users indicates that LAPC-related side effects extend beyond AUB. The results presented here demonstrate a complex biological response to LAPC use. MS identified several HESC secreted proteins deregulated by thrombin and hypoxia that may mediate LAPC-induced AUB. The revelation of overexpressed STC-1 by combined in vivo and in vitro observations identifies a potential target for future studies to prevent or minimize LAPC-induced AUB.

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