Journal article

Decreased Expression of the Rat Myometrial Relaxin Receptor (RXFP1) in Late Pregnancy Is Partially Mediated by the Presence of the Conceptus

Lenka A Vodstrcil, Oksana Shynlova, Jill W Verlander, Mary E Wlodek, Laura J Parry

BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

The actions of relaxin are mediated by relaxin family peptide receptor 1 (Rxfp1). In pregnant mice, myometrial Rxfp1 expression decreases at term, coinciding with the highest level of circulating relaxin. This down-regulation in Rxfp1 in reproductive tissues has not been investigated in other pregnant animals, nor are the regulatory mechanisms known. In the present study, we examined Rxfp1 gene and protein expression in the nonpregnant, pregnant, and postpartum rat uterus. The potential effects of local conceptus-derived factors on Rxfp1 expression were then examined in unilaterally pregnant rats. Immunoreactive RXFP1 was predominantly detected in the circular smooth muscle layer in the myom..

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