THE EXPRESSION OF GENES-CODING FOR POSITIVE ACUTE-PHASE PROTEINS IN THE REPRODUCTIVE-TRACT OF THE FEMALE RAT - HIGH-LEVELS OF CERULOPLASMIN MESSENGER-RNA IN THE UTERUS
T THOMAS, G SCHREIBER
FEBS LETTERS | WILEY | Published : 1989
High levels of ceruloplasmin mRNA were measured in the uterus of both pregnant and non-pregnant rats. No mRNA for alpha 2-macroglobulin and alpha 1-acid glycoprotein could be detected in the uterus in contrast to the high levels of those two mRNAs found in the decidua in the mid-gestation period. Synthesis of plasma proteins with a protective function in the decidua or uterus may be important in maintaining homeostasis at different stages of reproduction. In addition, ceruloplasmin synthesis by the uterus may be part of a system transporting copper to the fetus.