Functional Investigation on Aromatase in Endometrial Hyperplasia in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Cases

  • Zhao, Pan-Lin (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital) ;
  • Zhang, Qiu-Fang (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital) ;
  • Yan, Li-Ying (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital) ;
  • Huang, Shuo (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital) ;
  • Chen, Yuan (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital) ;
  • Qiao, Jie (Reproductive Center, Peking University Third Hospital)
  • Published : 2014.11.06


Objective: To explore the possible significance of aromatase P450 in endometrial hyperplasia with a background of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Methods: Immunohistochemistry was used to determine the expression of aromatase P450 in endometrium of PCOS patients. Semiquantitative analysis of aromatase P450 expression of mRNA and protein level wasalso carried out by real-time quantitative RT-PCR method. After endometrial cells were stimulated by testosterone and letrozole in vitro, the estradiol ($E_2$) level was determined, and the expression of cell aromatase P450 mRNA was assessed. Results: The aromatase P450 mRNA level was increased in endometria of PCOS patients. When endometrial cells were cultured with $10^{-6}M$ testosterone, the $E_2$ level in the culture medium increased. An inhibitory effect on $E_2$ generation and expression of aromatase P450 mRNA was observed when the endometrial cells were treated with $10^{-5}M$ letrozole. Conclusions: There is an increased expression of aromatase P450 in PCOS patient endometrium. Androgen stimulation could enhance the synthesis of aromatase P450 mRNA and the production of $E_2$ in endometrial cells in vitro while letrozole could do the reverse.


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