Bacterial lipopolysaccharide induces an endocrine switch from prostaglandin F, to prostaglandin e2 in bovine endometrium

Shan Herath, Sonia T. Lilly, Deborah P. Fischer, Erin J. Williams, Hilary Dobson, Clare E. Bryant, I. Martin Sheldon

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Escherichia coli infection of the endometrium causes uterine disease after parturition and is associated with prolonged luteal phases of the ovarian cycle in cattle. Termination of the luteal phase is initiated by prostaglandin F (PGF) from oxytocin-stimulated endometrial epithelial cells. Compared with normal animals, the peripheral plasma of animals with E. coli infection of the endometrium had higher concentrations of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE) but not PGF. Endometrial explants accumulated predominantly PGE in the culture medium in response to LPS, and this effect was not reversed by oxytocin. Endometrial cells expressed the Toll-like receptor 4/CD14/MD-2 receptor complex necessary to detect LPS. Epithelial and stromal cells treated with LPS had higher steady-state media concentrations of PGE rather than PGF. Arachadonic acid is liberated from cell membranes by phospholipase 2 (PLA2) enzymes and converted to prostaglandins by synthase enzymes. Treatment of epithelial and stromal cells with LPS did not change the levels of PGE or PGF synthase enzymes. However, LPS stimulated increased levels of PLA2 group VI but not PLA2 group IV C immunoreactive protein in epithelial cells. Endometrial cells expressed the E prostanoid 2 and E prostanoid 4 receptors necessary to respond to PGE, which regulates inflammation as well as being luteotropic. In conclusion, LPS detection by endometrial cells stimulated the accumulation of PGE rather than PGF, providing a mechanism to explain prolonged luteal phases in animals with uterine disease, and this PGE may also be important for regulating inflammatory responses in the endometrium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1912-1920
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Early online date4 Dec 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009


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