miR-145 suppresses embryo-epithelial juxtacrine communication at implantation by modulating maternal IGF1R

Youn-Jung Kang, Miranda Lees, Laura C Matthews, Susan Kimber, Karen Forbes, John D Aplin

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    Successful implantation requires the synchronization of viable embryonic development with endometrial receptivity. The mechanisms allowing for the initiation of crosstalk between the embryo and the endometrium remain elusive, however recent studies have revealed alterations in endometrial microRNAs (miRs) in women suffering repeated implantation failure; one of the altered miRs is miR-145. We assessed the role of miR-145 and its target, IGF1R, in early implantation. miR-145 overexpression and IGF1R knockdown were achieved in Ishikawa endometrial cells. QPCR, western blotting and 3'UTR luciferase reporter assays confirmed that IGF1R is a direct target of miR-145 in the endometrium. Attachment of mouse embryos or IGF-I-coated beads to endometrial epithelial cells was used to study the effects of altered miR-145 and/or IGF1R expression on early implantation events. miR-145 overexpression or specific reduction of IGF1R impaired attachment in both cases. miR-145/IGF1R target protectors prevented miR-145-mediated reduction in IGF1R and reversed the effect of miR-145 overexpression on attachment. The data demonstrate that miR-145 influences embryo attachment by reducing the level of IGF1R in endometrium.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)804-814
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Cell Science
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2015


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