Adrenomedullin improves fertility and promotes pinopodes and cell junctions in the peri-implantation endometrium.

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Implantation is a complex event demanding contributions from both embryo and endometrium. Despite advances in assisted reproduction, endometrial receptivity defects persist as a barrier to successful implantation in women with infertility. We previously demonstrated that maternal haploinsufficiency for the endocrine peptide adrenomedullin (AM) in mice confers a subfertility phenotype characterized by defective uterine receptivity and sparse epithelial pinopode coverage. The strong link between AM and implantation suggested the compelling hypothesis that administration of AM prior to implantation may improve fertility, protect against pregnancy complications, and ultimately lead to better maternal and fetal outcomes. Here, we demonstrate that intrauterine delivery of AM prior to blastocyst transfer improves the embryo implantation rate and spacing within the uterus. We then use genetic decrease-of-function and pharmacologic gain-of-function mouse models to identify potential mechanisms by which AM confers enhanced implantation success. In epithelium, we find that AM accelerates the kinetics of pinopode formation and water transport and that, in stroma, AM promotes connexin 43 expression, gap junction communication, and barrier integrity of the primary decidual zone. Ultimately, our findings advance our understanding of the contributions of AM to uterine receptivity and suggest potential broad use for AM as therapy to encourage healthy embryo implantation, for example, in combination with in vitro fertilization.

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Cited Authors

  • Matson, BC; Pierce, SL; Espenschied, ST; Holle, E; Sweatt, IH; Davis, ES; Tarran, R; Young, SL; Kohout, TA; van Duin, M; Caron, KM

Published Date

  • September 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 97 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 466 - 477

PubMed ID

  • 29025060

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6248476

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-7268

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/biolre/iox101


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States