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Rodriguez Y.,University of La Laguna | Rodriguez Y.,Fundacion Canaria Del Instituto Canario Of Investigacion Del Cancer | Baez D.,University of La Laguna | Baez D.,Fundacion Canaria Del Instituto Canario Of Investigacion Del Cancer | And 13 more authors.
International Journal of Gynecological Pathology

Deregulated steroids are involved in different hormone-dependent tumors, including benign and malignant uterine neoplasms. Leiomyomas (LM) are estrogen and progesterone-dependent benign tumors, whereas "bizarre or atypical LMs" (AL) are considered a subgroup of LM and clinically benign, although their malignant potential is suspect. Uterine leiomyosarcomas (LMS) are malignant smooth muscle tumors, and ovarian steroids may control their growth. Estrogen effects are mediated by 2 receptors, estrogen receptors (ER) α and β, and the ratio of both receptors seems to be a critical parameter in the estrogen-mediated carcinogenic process. Estradiol induces the expression of neurotensin (NTS), and the coupling of this peptide with its high-affinity receptor, NTS1, has been involved in the regulation of tumoral cell growth. Given the importance of these markers in tumor development, we aim to determine the status of ERα and ERβ in the myometrium and LM, AL, and LMS, concomitantly with the expression of NTS/NTS receptor 1 in these tumors. For that purpose, we use immunohistochemistry for all markers analyzed and in-situ hybridization to detect NTS mRNA. These data suggest that LMS are estrogen-dependent tumors, which may use NTS as an autocrine growth factor. In addition, the phenotype of AL with regard to ERα and ERβ status and NTS expression is closer to LMS than LM; thus, a potential malignization of this tumor is feasible. ©2011International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. Source

Rodriguez Y.,University of La Laguna | Rodriguez Y.,Fundacion Canaria Del Instituto Canario Of Investigacion Del Cancer | Almeida T.A.,University of La Laguna | Almeida T.A.,Fundacion Canaria Del Instituto Canario Of Investigacion Del Cancer | And 16 more authors.
Biology of Reproduction

Leiomyomas or fibroids are the most frequently diagnosed tumors of the female genital tract, and their growth seems to be steroid-hormone dependent by a yet undetermined cellular and molecular mechanism. Sexual hormones induce the secretion of growth factor peptides and the expression of their receptors, stimulating cell proliferation. One of these factors is neurotensin, and increasing evidence suggests that it can promote growth of different cancer cells. Since there are no data on neurotensin expression in normal and tumoral uterine tissue, we have analyzed the expression of NTS and NTSR1 receptor using immunohistochemistry for protein detection, in situ hybridization to detect cells expressing NTS mRNA, and RT-PCR to detect NTSR1 transcript as well as any of the alternative splice variants recently described for this receptor. We found that NTS and NTSR1 are expressed in connective cells of normal myometrium. In leiomyomas, immunoreactivity for NTS and NTSR1 receptor is colocalized in the smooth muscle cells that are also transcribing NTS. Women receiving high doses of steroids for in vitro fertilization showed tumor growth and increased immunoreactivity for neurotensin and NTSR1 receptor. Interestingly, alternative splice variants of NTSR1 receptor were detected only in tumoral tissue. These findings suggest a role of steroid hormones inducing neurotensin expression in leiomyoma smooth muscle cells. In these cells, NTS could act autocrinally through NTSR1 receptor, promoting their proliferation. © 2010 by the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Inc. Source

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