Journal article

Reepithelialization of the Uterine Surface Arises from Endometrial Glands: Evidence from a Functional Mouse Model of Breakdown and Repair

Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino, Louie Ye, Caroline E Gargett

Endocrinology | ENDOCRINE SOC | Published : 2010


The human endometrium is highly regenerative undergoing monthly cycles of growth and regression. Endometrial repair after menses is a critical component of the cycle; however, little is understood about the mechanisms behind this rapid process. Adult stem/progenitor cells identified in human and mouse endometrium may be responsible for its remarkable regenerative capacity; however, a functional role for stem/progenitor cells in menstruation is yet to be established. This study aimed to identify label retaining cells as candidate epithelial stem or progenitor cells involved in the rapid reepithelization of the uterine surface in our functional mouse model of endometrial breakdown and repair. ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Grants 490995 (to T.J.K.) and 465121 (to C.E.G.), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (to T.J.K.), and Monash University and was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.