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Title: MRP4 regulates ENaC-dependent CREB/COX-2/PGE2 signaling during embryo implantation
Authors: Chen, JJ
Wang, Y
Meng, XJ
Ruan, YC 
Zou, F
Chan, HC
Keywords: MRP4
Embryo implantation
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Impact Journals LLC
Source: Oncotarget, 2017, v. 8, no. 45, p. 78520-78529 How to cite?
Journal: Oncotarget 
Abstract: Multi-drug resistance protein 4 (MRP4), a potential chemotherapeutic target as well as a transporter for endogenous signaling molecules (e. g. prostaglandins), is known to be expressed in the endometrium, although its possible role(s) in the physiology of the endometrium remains unknown. Here, we show that MRP4 is upregulated at implantation window and localized to the basolateral membrane of the endometrial epithelium, the interface between the epithelium and stroma in mice. In human endometrial epithelial cells, MRP4 expression is upregulated by ENaC activation and the inhibition of MRP4 blocks ENaC-dependent PGE2 release as well as phosphorylation of CREB. Intrauterine injection of MRP4 inhibitor in mice prior to implantation significantly downregulated implantation markers COX-2, Claudin4 and Lif, and reduced implantation rate. These results in together have revealed a previously undefined role of MRP4 in mediating ENaC-dependent CREB/COX-2/PGE2 signaling essential to embryo implantation with implication in cancer progression as well.
ISSN: 1949-2553
DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.19676
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