ARID1A and PGR proteins interact in the endometrium and reveal a positive correlation in endometriosis.

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Endometriosis is a disorder in which endometrial cells normally limited to the lining of the uterus proliferate outside the uterine cavity and can cause pelvic pain and infertility. ARID1A levels are significantly reduced in the eutopic endometrium from women with endometriosis. Uterine specific Arid1a knock-out mice were infertile due to loss of epithelial progesterone receptor (PGR) signaling. However, the functional association of ARID1A and PGR in endometriosis has not been studied. We examined the expression patterns and co-localization of ARID1A and PGR in eutopic endometrium from women with and without endometriosis using immunostaining and Western blot analysis. ARID1A and PGR proteins co-localized in the epithelium during the proliferative and the early secretory phases. Our immunoprecipitation analysis and proximity ligation assay (PLA) revealed physical interaction between ARID1A and PGR-A but not PGR-B in the mouse and human endometrium. ARID1A levels positively correlated with PGR levels in the eutopic endometrium of women with endometriosis. Our results bring new perspectives on the molecular mechanisms involved in endometrial receptivity and progesterone resistance in endometriosis. The interrelationship between ARID1A and PGR may contribute to explaining the non-receptive endometrium in endometriosis-related infertility.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, HI; Kim, TH; Yoo, J-Y; Young, SL; Lessey, BA; Ku, BJ; Jeong, J-W

Published Date

  • April 23, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 550 /

Start / End Page

  • 151 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 33706098

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8005488

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1090-2104

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbrc.2021.02.144


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States