FRANCHI Ana Maria
The effect of epidermal growth factor on prostaglandin synthesis of oestrogenized rat uterus is mediated by nitric oxide.
RIBEIRO MARIA LAURA; PEREZ-MARTINEZ, SILVINA; FARINA, MARIANA; OGANDO, DIEGO; GIMENO MARTA; FRANCHI, ANA MARIA
PROSTAGLANDINS LEUKOTRIENES AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 1999 vol. 61 p. 353 - 358
We examined the possible relationship between cytokines, nitric oxide and prostaglandins (PGs) in the estrogenized rat uterus. Results indicate that epidermal growth factor (EGF) enhances the synthesis of prostaglandins in estrogenized rat uteri and induces the augmentation of nitric oxide (NO) production in this tissue by stimulating iNOS. While the effect of EGF is abolished by L-NMMA, an NO antagonist, the NS-398, a cyclooxygenase-II (COX-II) inhibitor, prevents the augmentation of prostanoids induced by EGF. These results suggest that there is an interaction among EGF, NO and PGs and that in this interrelationship are involved COX-II and iNOS. This mechanism might be important during implantation and labor.