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Bovine endometrial stromal cells display osteogenic properties.

Donofrio G, Franceschi V, Capocefalo A, Cavirani S, Sheldon IM - Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. (2008)

Bottom Line: The endometrium is central to mammalian fertility.In conclusion, the present study has identified that stromal cells from the bovine endometrium show a capability for phenotype plasticity similar to mesenchymal progenitor cells.These observations pave the way for further investigation of the mechanisms of stroma cell differentiation in the bovine reproductive tract.

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Affiliation: Università di Parma, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Dipartimento di Salute Animale, Sezione di Malattie Infettive degli Animali, Via del Taglio 8, 43100 Parma, Italy. gaetano.donofrio@unipr.it

ABSTRACT
The endometrium is central to mammalian fertility. The endometrial stromal cells are very dynamic, growing and differentiating throughout the estrous cycle and pregnancy. In humans, stromal cells appear to have progenitor or stem cell capabilities and the cells can even differentiate into bone. It is not clear whether bovine endometrial stromal cells exhibit a similar phenotypic plasticity. So, the present study tested the hypothesis that bovine endometrial stromal cells could be differentiated along an osteogenic lineage. Pure populations of bovine stromal cells were isolated from the endometrium. The endometrial stromal cell phenotype was confirmed by morphology, prostaglandin secretion, and susceptibility to viral infection. However, cultivation of the cells in standard endometrial cell culture medium lead to a mesenchymal phenotype similar to that of bovine bone marrow cells. Furthermore, the endometrial stromal cells developed signs of osteogenesis, such as alizarin positive nodules. When the stromal cells were cultured in a specific osteogenic medium the cells rapidly developed the characteristics of mineralized bone. In conclusion, the present study has identified that stromal cells from the bovine endometrium show a capability for phenotype plasticity similar to mesenchymal progenitor cells. These observations pave the way for further investigation of the mechanisms of stroma cell differentiation in the bovine reproductive tract.

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Representative phase contrast images (10×) of pure population of bovine endometrial stromal cells and bovine bone marrow stromal cells with no apparent morphological differences. Each experiment was repeated three times giving similar results.
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Figure 3: Representative phase contrast images (10×) of pure population of bovine endometrial stromal cells and bovine bone marrow stromal cells with no apparent morphological differences. Each experiment was repeated three times giving similar results.

Mentions: First or second passage endometrial stromal cells were left to grow until they reached confluence. These cells were morphologically indistinguishable with a confluent monolayer of a first or second passage of bovine bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells prepared as previously described (Fig. 3) [21]. Such morphological similarity was confirmed in terms of functionality comparing the pattern of constitutively secreted cytokines by an Antibody Array (Fig. 4) [22].


Bovine endometrial stromal cells display osteogenic properties.

Donofrio G, Franceschi V, Capocefalo A, Cavirani S, Sheldon IM - Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. (2008)

Representative phase contrast images (10×) of pure population of bovine endometrial stromal cells and bovine bone marrow stromal cells with no apparent morphological differences. Each experiment was repeated three times giving similar results.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: Representative phase contrast images (10×) of pure population of bovine endometrial stromal cells and bovine bone marrow stromal cells with no apparent morphological differences. Each experiment was repeated three times giving similar results.
Mentions: First or second passage endometrial stromal cells were left to grow until they reached confluence. These cells were morphologically indistinguishable with a confluent monolayer of a first or second passage of bovine bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells prepared as previously described (Fig. 3) [21]. Such morphological similarity was confirmed in terms of functionality comparing the pattern of constitutively secreted cytokines by an Antibody Array (Fig. 4) [22].

Bottom Line: The endometrium is central to mammalian fertility.In conclusion, the present study has identified that stromal cells from the bovine endometrium show a capability for phenotype plasticity similar to mesenchymal progenitor cells.These observations pave the way for further investigation of the mechanisms of stroma cell differentiation in the bovine reproductive tract.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Università di Parma, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Dipartimento di Salute Animale, Sezione di Malattie Infettive degli Animali, Via del Taglio 8, 43100 Parma, Italy. gaetano.donofrio@unipr.it

ABSTRACT
The endometrium is central to mammalian fertility. The endometrial stromal cells are very dynamic, growing and differentiating throughout the estrous cycle and pregnancy. In humans, stromal cells appear to have progenitor or stem cell capabilities and the cells can even differentiate into bone. It is not clear whether bovine endometrial stromal cells exhibit a similar phenotypic plasticity. So, the present study tested the hypothesis that bovine endometrial stromal cells could be differentiated along an osteogenic lineage. Pure populations of bovine stromal cells were isolated from the endometrium. The endometrial stromal cell phenotype was confirmed by morphology, prostaglandin secretion, and susceptibility to viral infection. However, cultivation of the cells in standard endometrial cell culture medium lead to a mesenchymal phenotype similar to that of bovine bone marrow cells. Furthermore, the endometrial stromal cells developed signs of osteogenesis, such as alizarin positive nodules. When the stromal cells were cultured in a specific osteogenic medium the cells rapidly developed the characteristics of mineralized bone. In conclusion, the present study has identified that stromal cells from the bovine endometrium show a capability for phenotype plasticity similar to mesenchymal progenitor cells. These observations pave the way for further investigation of the mechanisms of stroma cell differentiation in the bovine reproductive tract.

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Related in: MedlinePlus