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Berlin, Germany

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Berlin, Germany
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Scheerer C.,Endometriosis Research Center | Scheerer C.,Free University of Berlin | Frangini S.,Endometriosis Research Center | Chiantera V.,Endometriosis Research Center | Mechsner S.,Endometriosis Research Center
Molecular Neurobiology | Year: 2017

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and one of the most common causes of pelvic pain. The mechanisms underlying pain emergence or chronic inflammation during endometriosis remain unknown. Several chronic inflammatory diseases including endometriosis show reduced amounts of noradrenergic nerve fibers. The source of the affected innervation is still unclear. Semaphorins represent potential elicitors, due to their known role as axonal guidance cues, and are suggested as nerve repellent factors in different chronic inflammatory diseases. Therefore, semaphorins might influence the progress of neuroinflammatory mechanisms during endometriosis. Here, we analyzed the noradrenergic innervation and the expression of the specific semaphorins and receptors possibly involved in the neuroimmunomodulation in endometriosis. Our studies revealed an affected innervation and a significant increase of semaphorins and their receptors in peritoneal endometriotic tissue. Thereby, the expression of the receptors was identified on the membrane of noradrenergic nerve fibers and vessels. Macrophages and activated fibroblasts were found in higher density levels and additionally express semaphorins in peritoneal endometriotic tissue. Inflammation leads to an increased release of immune cells, which secrete a variety of inflammatory factors capable of affecting innervation. Therefore, our data suggests that the chronic inflammatory condition in endometriosis might contribute to the increase of semaphorins, which could possibly affect the innervation in peritoneal endometriosis. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Arnold J.,Endometriosis Research Center | Arnold J.,Free University of Berlin | Vercellino G.F.,Endometriosis Research Center | Chiantera V.,Endometriosis Research Center | And 3 more authors.
NeuroImmunoModulation | Year: 2013

Objectives: An imbalance in the ratio of sensory to sympathetic nerve fibre (NF) density in peritoneal endometriotic lesions (pEL) has recently been demonstrated and leads to the assumption that this preponderance of the sensory pro-inflammatory milieu is a major cause of pain in endometriosis. Therefore, the density of sensory and sympathetic NFs was determined in distal unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients to be able to detect possible alterations in unaffected peritoneum. Methods: In serial pEL sections (n = 40), lesional and matching unaffected peritoneum as well as healthy peritoneum (HP) from patients without endometriosis (n = 15) were immunohistochemically analysed to identify protein gene product 9.5-, substance P-and tyrosine hydroxylase-positive NFs (intact, sensory and sympathetic NFs, respectively). In addition, the amount of immune cell infiltrates and the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) and interleukin (IL)-1β in nerves of peritoneal endometriotic specimens were compared to those in the HP. Results: The overall NF density in the non-lesional, unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients is significantly reduced in comparison to both HP and pEL, while sensory NFs remain the same; the sympathetic NF density is significantly decreased compared to HP, but is still higher than the density close to the pEL. Immune cell infiltrates as well as NGF and IL-1β expression in nerves is significantly elevated in distal unaffected peritoneum in comparison to HP. Conclusion: The altered NF density in the non-lesional, unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients suggests new aspects in the understanding of the development of endometriosis and pain management in endometriosis. © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.


PubMed | Endometriosis Research Center
Type: | Journal: Molecular neurobiology | Year: 2016

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and one of the most common causes of pelvic pain. The mechanisms underlying pain emergence or chronic inflammation during endometriosis remain unknown. Several chronic inflammatory diseases including endometriosis show reduced amounts of noradrenergic nerve fibers. The source of the affected innervation is still unclear. Semaphorins represent potential elicitors, due to their known role as axonal guidance cues, and are suggested as nerve repellent factors in different chronic inflammatory diseases. Therefore, semaphorins might influence the progress of neuroinflammatory mechanisms during endometriosis. Here, we analyzed the noradrenergic innervation and the expression of the specific semaphorins and receptors possibly involved in the neuroimmunomodulation in endometriosis. Our studies revealed an affected innervation and a significant increase of semaphorins and their receptors in peritoneal endometriotic tissue. Thereby, the expression of the receptors was identified on the membrane of noradrenergic nerve fibers and vessels. Macrophages and activated fibroblasts were found in higher density levels and additionally express semaphorins in peritoneal endometriotic tissue. Inflammation leads to an increased release of immune cells, which secrete a variety of inflammatory factors capable of affecting innervation. Therefore, our data suggests that the chronic inflammatory condition in endometriosis might contribute to the increase of semaphorins, which could possibly affect the innervation in peritoneal endometriosis.


PubMed | Endometriosis Research Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Neuroimmunomodulation | Year: 2012

An imbalance in the ratio of sensory to sympathetic nerve fibre (NF) density in peritoneal endometriotic lesions (pEL) has recently been demonstrated and leads to the assumption that this preponderance of the sensory pro-inflammatory milieu is a major cause of pain in endometriosis. Therefore, the density of sensory and sympathetic NFs was determined in distal unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients to be able to detect possible alterations in unaffected peritoneum.In serial pEL sections (n = 40), lesional and matching unaffected peritoneum as well as healthy peritoneum (HP) from patients without endometriosis (n = 15) were immunohistochemically analysed to identify protein gene product 9.5-, substance P- and tyrosine hydroxylase-positive NFs (intact, sensory and sympathetic NFs, respectively). In addition, the amount of immune cell infiltrates and the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) and interleukin (IL)-1 in nerves of peritoneal endometriotic specimens were compared to those in the HP.The overall NF density in the non-lesional, unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients is significantly reduced in comparison to both HP and pEL, while sensory NFs remain the same; the sympathetic NF density is significantly decreased compared to HP, but is still higher than the density close to the pEL. Immune cell infiltrates as well as NGF and IL-1 expression in nerves is significantly elevated in distal unaffected peritoneum in comparison to HP.The altered NF density in the non-lesional, unaffected peritoneum of endometriosis patients suggests new aspects in the understanding of the development of endometriosis and pain management in endometriosis.

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