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Galectin-1 influences trophoblast immune evasion and emerges as a predictive factor for the outcome of pregnancy
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2013 (English)In: Molecular human reproduction, ISSN 1360-9947, E-ISSN 1460-2407, Vol. 19, no 1, 43-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Galectin-1 (gal-1) is expressed at the feto-maternal interface and plays a role in regulating the maternal immune response against placental alloantigens, contributing to pregnancy maintenance. Both decidua and placenta contribute to gal-1 expression and may be important for the maternal immune regulation. The expression of gal-1 within the placenta is considered relevant to cell-adhesion and invasion of trophoblasts, but the role of gal-1 in the immune evasion machinery exhibited by trophoblast cells remains to be elucidated. In this study, we analyzed gal-1 expression in preimplantation human embryos and first-trimester decidua-placenta specimens and serum gal-1 levels to investigate the physiological role played by this lectin during pregnancy. The effect on human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G) expression in response to stimulation or silencing of gal-1 was also determined in the human invasive, proliferative extravillous cytotrophoblast 65 (HIPEC65) cell line. Compared with normal pregnant women, circulating gal-1 levels were significantly decreased in patients who subsequently suffered a miscarriage. Human embryos undergoing preimplantation development expressed gal-1 on the trophectoderm and inner cell mass. Furthermore, our in vitro experiments showed that exogenous gal-1 positively regulated the membrane-bound HLA-G isoforms (HLA-G1 and G2) in HIPEC65 cells, whereas endogenous gal-1 also induced expression of the soluble isoforms (HLA-G5 and -G6). Our results suggest that gal-1 plays a key role in pregnancy maternal immune regulation by modulating HLA-G expression on trophoblast cells. Circulating gal-1 levels could serve as a predictive factor for pregnancy success in early human gestation.

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2013. Vol. 19, no 1, 43-53 p.
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gal-1, HLA-G, human embryo, spontaneous abortion
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64242DOI: 10.1093/molehr/gas043ISI: 000312646200006OAI: diva2:601277
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-29Bibliographically approved

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